Hokkaido mangoes, grown with hot spring heat, debut overseas

Noraworks Japan, in Hokkaido, grows mangoes using heat from local hot springs. These are then harvested in winter. He company has begun shipping to high-end supermarkets in Hong Kong in December. This is the first time for Noraworks, headquartered in Obihiro, to export its mangoes overseas since it began cultivating the fruit over 10 years ago. As it is now able to provide a stable supply, the company said it hopes to further develop sales channels abroad.

The mangoes normally sell for around 6,000 yen to 30,000 yen each in Japan, depending on the size, but in Hong Kong, they fetch about double the price. Of the four mangoes delivered, one sold for the equivalent of 43,000 yen. The company said it plans to ship mangoes to Hong Kong once a week until mid-January.

Noraworks began growing mangoes in 2010. In order to harvest the mangoes in the middle of winter, the company laid pipes beneath its greenhouses, running warm water from hot springs in winter to heat them up for the mangoes to bear fruit.

[ 100 yen =  0,77 ]

Source: english.kyodonews.net

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