ZON FRUIT & VEGETABLES


Cool video, showing what is involved in getting produce from Field to Supermarket. As a cherry grower and packer, I face similar challenges with the majority of our cherries being picked, packed, shipped and received overseas within 48 hours. This is not an endorsement of Zon Fruit & Vegetables



Thursday, April 25, 2013

DRAGON FRUIT CROSS-SECTION


YELLOW DRAGON FRUIT


RED FLESHED DRAGON FRUIT


DRAGON FRUIT PLANTATION


DRAGON FRUIT TREE



DRAGON FRUIT BEING PACKED FOR EXPORT


DRAGON FRUIT GOING TO MARKET


Grades: Extra Class|Class 1|Class 2
Cartons: 4.54kg/10#|10kg/22#|25kg/55#
Sizes: 200g|300g|400g|500g|600g|700g
Counts: 10|12|14|15|16|18|20+
Store: Refrigerated|Optimum Temperature +1C/33F

Remarks: Dragon fruit adds color and an exotic spice to any produce department. The fruit is sweet when served ripe, but has a very bland flavor. Perfect for fruit plates and garnishes when your customers are looking for something unique. Mass production the past few years has made this fruit as affordable as grapes.

Displaying: Dragon fruit are normally shipped in styrofoam or clear plastic sleeves; this prevents their green offshoots from drying out and turning black. A very finicky fruit, it develops moldy spots as it ripens which make their appearance very ugly; dummy displays to minimize shrink. The flesh turns a translucent greyish color when ripe. Sampling may slow sales. Cull moldy, blackening, wrinkled fruit, bag up and discount or throw out as required.

Receiving: Fruit should be firm, a vibrant pink color and free of defects. Wrinkled green shoots and moldy spots are signs of age. Check stem bowls for insect infestation. Condensation in the plastic sleeves is an indication of age or sitting out too long at room temperature, pulp temperature the flesh. Fruit deteriorates quickly, reject fruit showing these symptoms (mold, wrinkling or softness).



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