The variety of “Kaohsiung No.12 Cherish” is sweet, crispy, and juicy, and is therefore expected to become a staple export
By: George Liao, Taiwan News, Staff Writer
TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Tainan City in southern Taiwan will export jujubes (蜜棗) to Japan for the first time after setting out to achieve the goal seven years ago, according to a Chinese-language Liberty Times report on Monday.
Although Taiwan’s jujubes have excellent quality and flavor, the country’s effort to export the fruit to Japan had suffered setbacks because Taiwan is an Oriental fruit fly epidemic area.
A major break came when Tainan Agriculture Trading Co located in Tainan’s Yujing District passed inspection by using a freezing process to kill pests, the report said. The company will, for the first time, export jujubes to Japan after the Lunar New Year holiday.
Tainan Agriculture Trading Co general manager Lee Wei-hsiung (李威雄) said that obtaining permission to export jujubes to the Japanese market, which is characterized by consumers with high levels of disposable income, is especially helpful in increasing the economic value of the fruit, according to the report. [FULL STORY]