The sweet granadilla is a fruit with health benefits that very few people know about today. Not for nothing is it called "the children's fruit", since it has nutrients that stimulate physical and mental growth; helps alleviate digestive health issues, because it doesn't irritate the stomach; relieves thirst, thanks to its high water content; and it helps sleep thanks to its relaxing properties.
The sweet granadilla also contains a lot of potassium, calcium, phosphorus, iron and fiber, as well as proteins and carbohydrates. Moreover, it is rich in vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, B9, C, E, K and provitamin A.
Have you tasted the Pepino? The juicy-sweet pulp is reminiscent of a blend of melon and pear and has a sugar content of four to eight percent. Other ingredients are vitamin C (35 to 70 mg per 100 g) and provitamin A.
The Pepino, also called the melon pear, is at home in the warm mountain valleys of Peru and Colombia. Today, however, it is also grown in many other countries in South America, the US and New Zealand. The fruit belongs to the Solanaceae family and thrives on low shrublands. Pepinos can grow 10 to 20 centimeters long. The shape and color of the fruit can vary a lot, from pointed to oblong like bananas or ribbed like a meaty tomato. The peel can be cream-colored to lemon yellow, with purple or violet stripes.
Soursop cultivation in Colombia has increased in recent years, reaching significant figures: the country has 5,000 hectares devoted to this crop and exports more than 416,000 kg, worth one million dollars.
The total number of hectares sown, according to the Horticultural Association of Colombia (Asohofrucol), is almost 5,000 hectares, i.e. twice as much as a decade ago. Soursop consumption has become very popular in Colombia, which has the perfect climatic conditions to grow this fruit. The production areas have concentrated in the Valle del Cauca, Tolima, the so-called Coffee Region, and Boyaca.
The Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation (Minagri) stated that Peru exported 247 thousand tons of avocado last year, i.e. 27% more than in 2016, which makes the country the second largest producer of avocados in the world.
The country mainly ships Hass avocado. Exports of this variety amounted to nearly US $ 580 million, 46% more than what they amounted to in 2016.
Six countries (the Netherlands, United States, Spain, England, China, and Chile) accounted for 95% of the value exported during 2017.
The Port Society of Buenaventura (SPB) doesn't stop by day or night, it works 24 hours to mobilize 43.6 percent of Colombia's cargo. More than 315 million dollars have been invested in the port in recent years, which have allowed it to move one million TEU (20 foot containers) in 2017 and rank as one of the 10 most important ports in Latin America.
Biodiversity in Ecuador is classified as one of the most diverse and exquisite in the world, especially in tropical fruits, and that is why the export of Ecuadorian pitahaya seeks new markets such as the case of Holland, the production of fruit is given in the Amazon region of the country also contains medicinal properties by its composition, also the fruit is used to create new products, such as juices, mousse and salads. The growth of the exports of the pitahaya has been possible thanks to the change of the productive matrix, the properties of the fruit are attractive for the European countries, so they prefer products with low caloric intake and carbohydrates, it also has a high content in vitamin C. The level of competitiveness that Ecuador has with the fruit is very high, being more preferred the yellow pitahaya, which is desired by its sweet and tropical flavor, in such a way that it is consumed by countries of Europe like Holland.