Just last week, Jaya Grocer at Empire Shopping Gallery launched the Taiwan Fair of Fruits and Vegetables, bringing to us urbanites in Klang Valley the opportunity to sample rare imported Taiwan vegetables & fruits at pretty affordable prices (well, minus the flight tickets & accomodation to Taiwan is savings no?!).
The objective of the fair is to draw attention to availability of these unique Taiwanese fruits, especially the Golden Mangoes and the luscious dark Kyoho grapes, and vegetables in Malaysia.
The Taiwan Golden Mangoes are predominantly grown on the hillside 200-500m above sea level in southern Taiwan. This Jin Hwang variety of mangoes has large fruits with a thin core. Its skin is golden and smooth with a touch of light pink, and its flesh is silky with almost no fibres. The harvesting season is from May to September.
To ensure the quality and safety of mangoes, the government has established a quality and safety management programme specifically for the orchards and distributors that supply export mangoes. The system stipulates registration for farmers and exporters, certification of exporting orchards, guidance for integrated pest management with reduced use of pesticides, pesticide residue detection, appropriate pre-harvesting handling and post-harvesting packaging, and a barcode labeling operation and tracking scheme. The recent increase in export volume attests the effectiveness of this quality and safety management system.
Irwin is another variety grown in Taiwan for export. It has apple-red skin, and has fragrant and yellow velvety flesh.
Kyoho grapes – I liked these really sweet babies! It’s almost like the Korean grapes kinda texture (where the skin & the flesh separates easily) but not as sour. On the right are the sweet plums.