Qingtian waxberry gains in popularity overseas
A sight to behold: freshly picked Qingtian waxberries. [Photo/zjol.com.cn]
The harvest season for waxberries arrived recently in Qingtian county – administered by Lishui city in East China's Zhejiang province – and on June 14, 1 metric ton of waxberries were exported from there to make their way to Madrid, capital city of Spain.
This was Qingtian's first batch of waxberries to be sent abroad this year, with 78 boxes selling for about 100 yuan ($14.97) per kilogram.
The fruit is carefully packaged, ready for export. [Photo/zjol.com.cn]
In a dedicated cold chain workshop in Qingtian, staff members precool and dehumidify freshly picked waxberries before packaging takes place, to keep them as fresh as possible when they arrive at their ultimate destination overseas.
The waxberry – also known as the Yang Mei or yumberry – is eaten throughout China. It is high in vitamins C and E and contains riboflavin, thiamine and carotene.
This versatile fruit is also being plugged as the next big "super fruit" due to its high content of antioxidants.