SUMMER is a favorite season to many for the warm vibes it brings, the longer days to spend outdoors, and time to crave for those mouth-watering fruits to keep energized and hydrated.
Davao Region, being the country’s fruit basket, is one of the preferred summer destinations. But at this time, not all the delectable fruits are in abundance, and mangosteen, the “queen of fruits,” is one of them.
Tourists and local consumers can rarely find them, and if they do, they have to shell out hard earned money of at least R250 per kilo. While during the recent Davao’s Kadayawan festivities, when tropical fruits are usually abundant, mangosteen’s price ranges only from R25-R35 per kilo.
Mangosteen is in season from August to October only, but the demand for the fruit is higher in the first half of the year. Apart from summer, it is a sought-after fruit for offering during New Year and Chinese New Year celebration, as it’s well rounded-shape is believed to symbolize money, while its striking deep reddish-purple color is believed to attract wealth. No wonder, the fruit is even sold as high as R50 a piece. Who could be luckier than our farmers if they could take advantage of the fruit’s high demand and command in price? Thanks to the breakthrough technology on off-season mangosteen production as farmers can now plan their production; moreso, tourists and consumers, can enjoy the fruit’s unique tangy taste, juicy flesh, and medicinal benefits year round at reasonable price.
The idea of producing off-season production did not happen in a snap. It is a product of years of scientific research of the Department of Agriculture-Davao Agricultural Research Central Experiment Station (DA-DARCES) in Manambulan, Tugbok District, Davao City.
DARCES, through the study “Development of Package of Technology for Off-Season Mangosteen Production,” is funded by the Bureau of Agricultural Research.
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