In a scene from The Fruit Hunters: Noris Ledesma , Richard Campbell and mangoes at the University of Florida, Tropical Research and Educational Centre. Did you know that there are 600 varieties of mango? Photo: EyeSteel Film
There are many blissful faces, and a lot of oohing and ahhing, drooling and finger licking in The Fruit Hunters. I guess it’s difficult to eat ripe, juicy fruit in a tidy and dignified way. And who takes a knife and fork into the jungle or the forest?
The people in The Fruit Hunters are more concerned with sight and smell and heavenly tastes than they are with their sticky fingers.
The Fruit Hunters is a movie by Montrealer Yung Chang, who was inspired by the book of the same name, by another Montrealer, Adam Leith Gollner.
The film is variously about people who like to eat fruit, to grow it, to discover new varieties, to try to prevent the varieties that we already know about from disappearing, etc.
President Barack Obama has won re-election. However, in addition to all of the constraints on him that I discussed last week, he won the election with almost half the people voting against him. His win in the Electoral College was substantial -- and that's the win that really matters -- but the popular vote determines how he governs, and he will govern with one more constraint added to the others. The question is whether this weakens him or provides an opportunity. That is not determined by his policies but by the strategic situation, which, in my view, gives the United States some much-needed breathing room.
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U.S. importer Kingston & Associates Marketing is positive about the demand potential for increased Ecuadorian mango volumes, but times are still tough for its other key tropical fruit the pineapple.
Company president Ken Nabal told www.freshfruitportal.com overall volume for mangoes from the South American country was down on last year, but numbers would peak from now until around Dec. 10.
“In general, mango supplies here in the States have been very short, so any demand is pretty much exceeding supply, particularly for large fruit here for the past Brazilian season,” he said.
“When we get into the smaller sizes here, the retailers are looking to promote. The mango sizes are dragging so they’relooking for something to generate some new sales in the stores – they haven’t had an opportunity to.
“We have enough supplies coming on to get into some promotions between here and Christmas.”
He added the peak sizes would be around 10-12 count.