Retailers should expect more greenhouse specialties

03/08/2012 11:29:00 AM
Susie Cable

The mini bells are expected to be available during the summer. Like other small produce items, the mini sweet bells appeal to customers who are looking for healthful snacks, or who want produce that can be quickly prepared, Batt said.

Red, yellow, orange and green hot chili peppers are returning to BC Hot House’s lineup this year, Batt said.

After an absence of about two years, the peppers are being reintroduced in response to customer request.

The peppers are greenhouse-grown in Holland, and a mix of colors is packed in each half-pound zippered bag.

Although field-grown chili peppers are plentiful, Batt said BC Hot House’s greenhouse-grown chili peppers are more uniform in size and shape, and are more attractive.

 

BC Hot House also is adding mini white-striped eggplant to its line this year, Batt said.

Last year, Mucci introduced its CuteCumber-brand cocktail cucumber.

Smaller than a traditional mini cucumber, which measures about 5 inches, the CuteCumber is typically closer to 3½ inches.

CuteCumbers are grown in Canada, and are expected to be harvested beginning in about late April, Spano said. Pack sizes vary from 7 ounces to 1½ pounds.

Vancouver, British Columbia-based The Oppenheimer Group is working to expand its distribution of living herbs into the U.S., said Aaron Quon, greenhouse category director.

The program includes living basil, cilantro, rosemary, mint, thyme, sage and dill in miniature pots. The plants are covered with plastic sleeves.

They typically retail for about $3.99, Quon said.

Oppenheimer’s Fair Trade Certified sweet bell peppers from grower Divemex, Guadalajara, Mexico, should be available until about May.

The Fair Trade program is expected to grow and could eventually be a year-round deal.

Quon said Divemex is working to get another growing area certified.


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