Acerola

Common name:
Acerola

Latin name:
Malpighia Punicifolia L.

Origin:
The acerola is native to Central - South America.

Main producer countries:
Brazil

Description:

Fruits are round to oval, cherry-like but with 3 lobes. They are yellow-orange to bright red with a thin skin, easily bruised. The pulp is juicy, acid, with a delicate flavour and apple notes.

Interesting Facts:

With 1400-2500mg vitamin C per 100g the acerola is one of the fruits with the highest natural vitamin C content. Fruits grow very fast; they develop to maturity in less than 25 days. A yearly rainfall of 1600 mm apparently pleases the plant and even more rain will positively influence the growth and harvest.

Nutritional info:

Very rich in vitamin C and a few minerals.

Passina options:

Acerola puree (NFC) packed deep frozen. Concentrated acerola juice at 45 or 50 brix packed deep frozen.

These options are the most requested fruit types and packaging. If you require other options, do not hesitate to contact us.

Apple

Common name:
Apple

Latin name:
Malus Domestica

Origin:
The apple is native to Central Asia

Main producer countries:
All temperate zones, but mainly Poland, Russia, Turkey, Italy, Spain, China, Argentina, Chile, South Africa and Germany.

Description:

Depending on variety, apples can be round, elongated, or flattened, and can vary in colour from green to bright red. Taste ranges from very tart to very sweet and texture can be anything from crisp and juicy to soft and turnipy.

Interesting Facts:

The apple is the most important fruit in the Northern Hemisphere. Numerically, the apple boasts more varieties than any other species. The apple has also been cultivated for a very long time, probably over 4500 years.

Nutritional info:

Low in calories and rich in vitamin C.

Passina options:

Concentrated apple puree at 30-32 brix aseptically packed and concentrated apple juice at 70 brix packed deep frozen or aseptic. Apple puree (NFC) and apple juice (NFC), both aseptically packed (on request).

These options are the most requested fruit types and packaging. If you require other options, do not hesitate to contact us.

Apricot

Common name:
Apricot

Latin name:
Prunus Armeniaca

Origin:
The apricot is native to China

Main producer countries:
Argentina, Chile, Spain, Italy, Greece, South Africa and China.

Description:

Round, oval or slightly flattened fruit, up to 8 cm long. Colour varies from pale yellow to orange, often with a red blush on the side facing the sun.

Interesting Facts:

Apricots harvested before they are fully ripe are tasteless which is a problem for growers and the reason why a large part of the apricot harvest is dried or industrially processed in some way. Most varieties withstand winter cold as well as peaches do, but the blossom buds, which open earlier than those of the peach, are frequently killed by late freezes. The trees are quite drought-resistant and under favourable growing conditions some live 100 years or longer.

Nutritional info:

Apricots are a good source of vitamin A and are high in natural-sugar content. Dried apricots are an excellent source of iron.

Passina options:

Concentrated apricot puree at 30-32 brix aseptically packed. Apricot puree (NFC) aseptically packed (on request).

These options are the most requested fruit types and packaging. If you require other options, do not hesitate to contact us.

Banana

Common name:
Banana

Latin name:
Musa sp

Origin:
The banana is native to Southeast Asia.

Main producer countries:
Ecuador, Costa Rica and Brazil.

Description:

The fruit turns from deep green to yellow or red, and may range from 5 cm to 30 cm in length. The flesh, ivory-white to yellow, may be firm, astringent, even gummy with latex when unripe, turning tender and slippery, or soft and mellow or rather dry and starchy when ripe. The flavour may be mild and sweet or acid with a distinct apple tone. The common cultivated types are generally seedless with only vestiges of ovules, visible as brown specks.

Interesting Facts:

The trunk of a banana palm is really a compact mass of intertwined leaves. It shoots up from the roots of the plant and only bears fruit once. Bananas are harvested unripe, because ripe ones tend to burst open and become floury and lose their taste. Green bananas post-ripen better than any other fruit. Ethylene gas is used to help turn the green bananas yellow.

Nutritional info:

Some vitamin A and C, traces of vitamins B1, B2 and B6 and rich in potassium.

Passina options:

Banana puree and organic banana puree, both aseptically packed. Concentrated banana puree at 40 brix packed deep frozen.

These options are the most requested fruit types and packaging. If you require other options, do not hesitate to contact us.

Cajá or Taperebá

Common name:
Cajá or Taperebá

Latin name:
Spondia Mombin

Origin:
The Cajá is native to North Brazil.

Main producer countries:
Brazil

Description:

The orangey coloured pulp tastes a bit like citrus with obvious hints of mango, passion and peach, like an exotic 'all-in-one'. The trees of Cajá grow fast and can be as high as 25 metres. The oval shaped Cajá fruit is approximately 2 x 4 cm long, has a yellow-orange smooth skin and a large stone.

Interesting Facts:

Cajá is known for its protective properties for the skin and mucous membranes.

Nutritional info:

Rich in vitamin A and C, calcium, potassium and iron.

Passina options:

Cajá puree packed deep frozen.

These options are the most requested fruit types and packaging. If you require other options, do not hesitate to contact us.

Grape

Common name:
Grape

Latin name:
Vitis vinifera

Origin:
The grape is native to the Caucasian region.

Main producer countries:
Argentina, France, Italy, Spain, Greece, South Africa, United States and Chile.

Description:

Spherical or oval fruits, 1 to 3 cm in diameter, that grow in bunches. The fruit is blue-black, green or red in colour and often with a pronounced surface bloom. The greenish-white flesh contains several pips. The taste varies from sour to very sweet. The skin is edible, though it can be somewhat tough and bitter.

Interesting Facts:

The grape was successfully cultivated in the Old World for thousands of years and was eventually brought to California. Fossilized grape leaves, stem pieces and seeds unearthed from Miocene and Tertiary deposits in the Northern Hemisphere indicate the long existence and wide distribution of the vine, as it was known to the ancients. The mature fruit of all varieties, about 8,000 altogether, will ferment into a kind of wine when crushed, and most grapes can be dried or eaten fresh. Only a limited number of varieties produce standard or higher quality wines. Three varieties account for most of the raisins of commerce and only 15 to 20 varieties are grown extensively as table grapes. A single variety yields the bulk of sweet juice produced in the U.S., and only a few varieties are used for canning.

Nutritional info:

Traces of vitamins A, B and C.

Passina options:

Concentrated white grape juice at 65 or 68 brix and concentrated red grape juice at 65 or 68 brix, both aseptically packed. White grape juice (NFC) aseptically packed (on request). More information on SO2 content for both white and red grape products and the colour intensity for the red grape is available on request.

These options are the most requested fruit types and packaging. If you require other options, do not hesitate to contact us.

Grapefruit

Common name:
Grapefruit

Latin name:
Citrus paradise

Origin:
The grapefruit is native to Puerto Rico.

Main producer countries:
South Africa, Israel, Argentina, Florida and Cuba.

Description:

The fruits are round or slightly flattened, up to 16 cm in diameter, with pale yellow to orange-red skin. The thickness of the skin varies and may or may not be easily to remove. The flesh is pale yellow or in the pink varieties pale pink to deep red. The red variety tends to be the sweetest. Some varieties have pips, others do not.

Interesting Facts:

The bitter taste of grapefruits comes from naringin. Newer varieties contain less naringin and are therefore less bitter. Uncertain is the origin of the name grapefruit: some suggest that the flavour resembles that of the grape, while others believe it is the way the fruits are born in small clusters on the tree.

Nutritional info:

Very rich in vitamin C and contains some vitamin A.

Passina options:

Marsh (white), Star Ruby (red) and pink grapefruit juice, all NFC products. Concentrated Marsh (white), Star Ruby (red) and pink grapefruit juice at 58 brix and concentrated Marsh (white) grapefruit juice with low pulp at 58 brix. All our grapefruit products are packed deep frozen.

These options are the most requested fruit types and packaging. If you require other options, do not hesitate to contact us.

Guava

Common name:
Guava

Latin name:
Psidium Guajava

Origin:
The guava is native to Central America.

Main producer countries:
South Africa, India, Colombia, Egypt and Malaysia.

Description:

Guava fruits may be round, oval or pear shaped, 5 to 10 cm long, and have 4 or 5 protruding floral remnants at the apex. Varieties differ widely in flavour and seediness. The flesh may be white, pink, yellow or red. The sweet, musky odour is pungent and penetrating.

Interesting Facts:

Guava has rather high vitamin C content. The many seeds are edible.

Nutritional info:

Rich in vitamin C (300- 700 mg per 100g) and in vitamin A.

Passina options:

Pink guava puree (NFC) aseptically packed. Concentrated white guava puree at 20 brix aseptically packed.

These options are the most requested fruit types and packaging. If you require other options, do not hesitate to contact us.

Lemon

Common name:
Lemon

Latin name:
Citrus limon

Origin:
The lemon is native to North India and Burma.

Main producer countries:
Argentina, Spain, Italy, USA and South Africa.

Description:

Lemon fruits are oval with a pointed tip at the end. When ripe, they have a bright yellow skin, a layer of pith underneath a paler yellow segmented interior. Small seeds, commonly known as 'pips', are found within the fruit. The juice is acidic. A lemon tree can reach a height of 10 meters, although the average tree is generally smaller.

Interesting Facts:

The lemon and lime family are the most detoxifying fruits of all existing fruits. Lemon contains vitamins and minerals that are beneficial to the health. The characteristic lemon smell and taste comes from so called D-limonene. Some sources state that lemons contain unique flavonoids that have antioxidant properties.

Nutritional info:

Rich in vitamin C and minerals.

Passina options:

Lemon juice (NFC). Concentrated clear lemon juice at 400 and 500 GPL, concentrated cloudy lemon juice at 400 and 500 GPL and concentrated cloudy lemon juice at 500 GPL with low pulp. All our lemon products are packed deep frozen.

These options are the most requested fruit types and packaging. If you require other options, do not hesitate to contact us.

Lychee

Common name:
Lychee

Latin name:
Litchi chinensis Sonn.

Origin:
The lychee is native to South China.

Main producer countries:
South Africa, China, Madagascar, Taiwan and Vietnam.

Description:

Lychees are round, heart-shaped or oval fruits of 3 to 5 cm in diameter. They grow in trusses of up to 30 but are usually sold loose. Lychees have a deep pink to brownish-yellow skin, which hardens after a few days but is easy to remove. The flesh is white or yellowish-white in colour, slightly translucent, sweet, juicy and delicately perfumed. Inside is a seed that varies considerably in size.

Interesting Facts:

Lychee has been cultivated in China for more than 200 years and is known as the donor of joy of living and the translation of the Chinese word "lee chee". In China lychees are also eaten in dry form.

Nutritional info:

Rich in vitamin C.

Passina options:

Lychee puree (NFC) packed deep frozen.

These options are the most requested fruit types and packaging. If you require other options, do not hesitate to contact us.

Mandarin

Common name:
Mandarin

Latin name:
Citrus reticulata

Origin:
The mandarin is native to South China.

Main producer countries:
Argentina, Spain and Brazil.

Description:

The fruits are a small type of orange with loose skin. Good quality mandarins will be firm to slightly soft and smooth-skinned with no deep grooves. The colouring will be deep orange to almost red. The mandarin tree grows up to 7.5 meters high.

Interesting Facts:

The mandarin has been cultivated for thousands of years. The mandarin got its name because it was exploited by high-ranking government officials in China (mandarins). Both Clementines and Tangerines result from crossing a mandarin with an orange -Clementines are seedless and Tangerines are not. Satsumas are a very special seedless variety from Japan with a tighter skin than the Clementine.

Nutritional info:

Rich in vitamin C and contains some vitamin A.

Passina options:

Concentrated mandarin juice at 65 brix packed deep frozen. Mandarin juice (NFC) packed deep frozen (on request).

These options are the most requested fruit types and packaging. If you require other options, do not hesitate to contact us.

Mango

Common name:
Mango

Latin name:
Magnifera indica

Origin:
The mango is native to South Asia, especially Burma and East India.

Main producer countries:
India, Peru, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico, Philippines and Brazil.

Description:

The fruits grow at the end of a long stem. The fruits are 5 to 25 cm long and may be kidney shaped, oval or round. The leathery skin is waxy and smooth, and when ripe entirely pale green or yellow marked with red, according to cultivation. The flesh of the mango is peach-like and juicy, with more or less numerous fibres. In the centre of the orange-yellow flesh is a large flat stone which is often difficult to remove.

Interesting Facts:

The mango, with its more than 300 varieties, is one of the most important tropical fruits. The mango is to the tropics what the apple is to the temperate climates. The quality of the fruit is based on the scarcity of fibres and minimal turpentine taste.

Nutritional info:

Very rich in vitamin A, traces of vitamins B & C and a few minerals.

Passina options:

Alphonso mango puree (NFC) aseptically packed, Chato de Ica mango puree (NFC) packed deep frozen or aseptic, Tommy Atkins mango puree (NFC) aseptically packed, Mango Puree Keith(NFC) and Totapuri mango puree (NFC) aseptically packed.

Concentrated Chato de Ica mango puree at 28 brix packed deep frozen, concentrated Tommy Atkins mango puree at 28 brix packed deep frozen and concentrated Totapuri mango puree at 28 brix aseptically packed.

These options are the most requested fruit types and packaging. If you require other options, do not hesitate to contact us.

Orange

Common name:
Orange

Latin name:
Citrus sinensis

Origin:
The orange is native to China.

Main producer countries:
Brazil, Spain, South Africa, China, Argentina and Florida.

Description:

Oranges are round or oval, up to 15 cm in diameter. The skin is leathery and contains a great deal of oil. Depending on the variety, the skin may be green, greenish-yellow, orange and even red. The soft, juicy flesh is yellow, orange or red in colour and is divided into segments. The taste ranges from sharp and acidic to very sweet.

Interesting Facts:

Oranges have been cultivated in China for more than 2000 years. In 1553, the first orange tree was brought to Europe. With a yearly production of over 30 million tons, the orange is the most popular citrus fruit.

Nutritional info:

Very rich in vitamin C and contains some vitamin A.

Passina options:

Pera orange juice (NFC) and Valencia orange juice (NFC). Concentrated Pera orange juice at 65-66 brix, concentrated Valencia orange juice at 65-66 brix, concentrated Pera orange juice with low pulp at 65-66 brix and concentrated Valencia orange juice with low pulp at 65-66 brix. All our orange products are packed deep frozen.

These options are the most requested fruit types and packaging. If you require other options, do not hesitate to contact us.

Papaya

Common name:
Papaya

Latin name:
Carica papaya

Origin:
The papaya is native to South Mexico and neighbouring Central America.

Main producer countries:
Ecuador, Philippines, Brazil, Colombia and Mexico.

Description:

The papaya is greenish-yellow to deep orange, up to 30 cm long. Ripe fruits have soft, juicy flesh and thin skin. In general a sweet taste, a bit like melon, with a slight musky aroma. At the centre of the fruit is a pocket filled with lots of small grey-black seeds.

Interesting Facts:

Papayas contain a lot of vitamins and very little acid. The leaves and fruits of the papaya tree contain enzymes (papain) which help human digestion. One cannot determine if a papaya is of the yellow or the red variety just by looking at the outside of the fruit.

Nutritional info:

Very rich in vitamin A and traces of C.

Passina options:

Yellow and red papaya puree (NFC), both aseptically packed. Concentrated yellow papaya puree at 25 brix and concentrated red papaya puree at 25 brix, both packed deep frozen.

These options are the most requested fruit types and packaging. If you require other options, do not hesitate to contact us.

Passion fruit or maracuja

Common name:
Passion fruit or maracuja

Latin name:
Passiflora edulis flavicarpa

Origin:
The yellow passion fruit is native to Brazil.

Main producer countries:
Ecuador, Colombia, Brazil and Peru.

Description:

The fruit, with a diameter of 6 to 12 cm, is yellow to orange. The skin is thick, hard and waxy and protects the fruits efficiently against drying out.

Interesting Facts:

When the Spanish missionaries first saw the flowers of the passion fruit in the jungle of South America they interpreted them as a divine inspiration to convert the Indians to Christianity as quickly as possible. The yellow passion fruit is mainly used for industrial purposes, such as the production of fruit drinks. The purple variety is less suitable for fruit drinks but is mostly imported in the Western countries as fresh fruit.

Nutritional info:

Very rich in vitamin C and contains vitamin A.

Passina options:

Yellow passion fruit juice (NFC). Concentrated yellow passion fruit juice at 28 or 50 brix. To preserve the full characteristics of the fruit, our passion fruit products are packed deep frozen in drums. We can also pack aseptically on your request.

These options are the most requested fruit types and packaging. If you require other options, do not hesitate to contact us.

Peach

Common name:
Peach

Latin name:
Prunus persica

Origin:
The peach is native to China and Japan.

Main producer countries:
Argentina, Chile, Italy, Spain, Greece and South Africa.

Description:

Peaches are round and sometimes slightly elongated fruits, up to 12 cm in diameter, with a thin, downy skin and a marked seam. The flesh, depending on the variety, is orange-yellow or greenish white, very juicy and aromatic when ripe. The flesh is sometimes fibrous and streaked with red where it meets the large, corrugated stone.

Interesting Facts:

Peach trees are relatively short-lived as compared with some other fruit trees. In some regions orchards are replanted after 8 to 10 years, while in others trees may produce satisfactorily for 20 to 25 years or more, depending upon their resistance to diseases, pests, and winter damage. Nectarines look different from peaches. They have a completely smooth skin and more vivid colouring. The nectarine is a spontaneous occurring variant of the peach, and is not, as is often believed, a cross between a peach and a plum.

Nutritional info:

Contains some vitamin A and vitamin C.

Passina options:

Yellow cling concentrated peach puree at 30-32 brix aseptically packed and concentrated peach juice at 65 brix packed deep frozen. Peach puree (NFC) aseptically packed (on request).

These options are the most requested fruit types and packaging. If you require other options, do not hesitate to contact us.

Pear

Common name:
Pear

Latin name:
Pyrus communis

Origin:
The pear is native to South-east Europe and the Caucasian region.

Main producer countries:
Argentina, Chile, Italy and Spain.

Description:

The pear is green to yellowish or red, up to 22 cm long. Ripe fruits have soft, juicy flesh and a thin skin. In general the taste is considered to be aromatic and sweet.

Interesting Facts:

They are part of the rose family and are cultivated in all temperate zone countries of both Hemispheres. Pears are susceptible to fire blight; therefore the cultivation of these trees in regions with warm and humid climates is limited to only certain blight-resistant varieties, which unfortunately do not produce as high-quality fruits.

Nutritional info:

Contains vitamin A and vitamin C.

Passina options:

Concentrated pear puree at 30-32 brix aseptically packed and concentrated pear juice at 70 brix packed deep frozen. Pear puree (NFC) aseptically packed (on request).

These options are the most requested fruit types and packaging. If you require other options, do not hesitate to contact us.

Pineapple

Common name:
Pineapple

Latin name:
Ananas comosus

Origin:
The pineapple is native to South Brazil and Paraguay.

Main producer countries:
Philippines, Thailand, South Africa, Costa Rica, Brazil, Vietnam and Taiwan.

Description:

The oval to cylindrical-shaped, compound fruit develops from many small fruits fused together. It is both juicy and fleshy with the stem serving as fibrous core. The tough, waxy rind may be dark green, yellow, orange-yellow or reddish when the fruit is ripe. The flesh ranges from nearly white to yellow. In size the fruits are up to 30 cm.

Interesting Facts:

The pineapple develops without pollination and is therefore a false fruit. The first year the pineapple plant gives one large fruit on the main stem and a smaller fruit on a side stem the second year, after which the plant is normally removed. The pineapple's scales tell us about its characteristics. The more marked the relief, the stronger the taste; the less marked the relief, the weaker the characteristic taste but the sweeter and juicier the flesh.

Nutritional info:

Rich in vitamin C and contains vitamin A. Like papaya, contains an enzyme which breaks down protein.

Passina options:

Smooth Cayenne pineapple juice (NFC). Concentrated Smooth Cayenne pineapple juice at 60 or 65 brix and concentrated White Perola pineapple juice at 60 or 65 brix. Our pineapple products are either packed deep frozen or aseptic in drums.

These options are the most requested fruit types and packaging. If you require other options, do not hesitate to contact us.

Soursop and Guanabana

Common name:
Soursop and Guanabana

Latin name:
Annona Muricata L.

Origin:
The soursop is native to the Caribbean, Central & South America and from North Brazil to the West Indies.

Main producer countries:
Dominican Republic, Peru and Vietnam.

Description:

The plant is grown as a commercial crop for its 20-30 cm long prickly green fruit, which can have a mass of up to 2.5 kg. The flesh of the fruit consists of an edible white pulp and a core of indigestible black seeds. Comparisons of its flavour range from strawberry and pineapple mixed together to sour citrus notes contrasting with an underlying creamy roundness of flavour reminiscent of coconut or banana. The fruit is difficult to eat, as the white interior pulp is studded with many large seeds, and pockets of soft flesh are bounded by fibrous membranes. The sweet pulp is used to make juice as well as candies, sorbets and ice cream flavourings rather than eaten directly.

Interesting Facts:

The species A. Muricata is the only member of genus Annona which is suitable for processing and preservation. The fruit, seeds, and leaves have a number of herbal medicinal uses among indigenous peoples of regions where the plant is common. In the Caribbean it is believed that laying the leaves of the soursop on a bed below a sleeping person with a fever will break the fever by the next morning. Also, boiling the leaves and drinking as a tea helps induce sleep.

Nutritional info:

High in carbohydrates, particularly fructose. The fruit also contains significant amounts of Vitamin C, B1 and B2.

Passina options:

Soursop puree (NFC) packed deep frozen.

These options are the most requested fruit types and packaging. If you require other options, do not hesitate to contact us.