Tejocote fruit is kind of a big deal, unbeknown to me - The Packer

Tejocote fruit is kind of a big deal, unbeknown to me

11/15/2011 10:25:00 AM
Tom Karst

It is difficult enough for us to grow the product in our controlled environment, we do struggle with diseases and pests of various types, as written in the Los Angeles Times, “Tejocotes cannot be imported in the country because it can harbor exotic insect pests that could devastate American agriculture, the article goes on to say that the Tejocotes was the fruit most seized by the US Dept of Agricultures Smuggling, Interdiction and Trade Compliance program from 2002 to 2006.”

So we feel that Tejocotes harbor certain diseases and pest that cannot be controlled as well in Mexico there for it is a big concern for us in the farming industry. We presently have established a good market place for what we grow, and do not see the need for foreign Tejcotes in the United States. I think that in short the United States farmer should be supported and protected.

The Los Angeles Times reported on the Mexican fruit on Dec. 9, 2009, with a lengthy feature article headlined  "Tejocote is no longer forbidden fruit" with the subhed "The favored ingredient of a seasonal Latino punch cannot be imported, so San Diego County farmers came up with a solution." The article said U.S. -grown fresh tejocote was being sold as high as $8 to $10 per pound to Hispanic customers.

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