Panoramic Fruit Company
Exotic fruit grown in the hills of Puerto Rico
Each year, availability is determined by the rainy season, which usually starts in April or May. This causes the flowering and then helps us to time the harvest. Typically, my harvest of mangosteens, rambutan and durian starts anywhere from the beginning of July to the middle of August and goes for 7 to 12 weeks.

Current availability


April 24, 2016


Looking at my 2015 notes, it is interesting to peruse the trends and changes from last year. The government is headed toward a cliff and has little choice but to default. The odd weather is giving us a small break and the main crops look good for a change. First time in 6 years. Luck? That said, the rambutan are flowering in a very staggered pattern and this is both good and bad. There will be a long season but amounts per week will be reduced. The mangosteen crop is large and just needs to clear the next few hurdles and make it to completion the latter part of July and through all of August. The rambutan harvest will also start the end of July but run into September, the peak of the hurricane season. There are incipient signs of the breaking up and reversing of the El Niño and depending on when this is plays out, it will have a possible impact on the duration and intensity of the second half of the hurricane season for 2016. But I am not a meteorologist, just speculating. The durian crop looks very good and will be spread out over maybe a month, starting the middle of July. Those interested can call but, not yet!


April 1, 2015

The way things are going in Puerto Rico, posting this on April Fool's Day seems about right. The economy and government are creating unknowns for everyone. For the last 5 years, the weather in Puerto Rico in general has been changing and not in good ways. Weather extremes of both rainfall amount and timing (wet season to dry season and back), unusual highs and lows within weeks of each other... this is the pattern, the new normal. Weather volatility is increasing, putting at risk all of the food grown inside Puerto Rico. And elsewhere.

Rambutan will begin to appear at the end of July (I think!), mangosteens are going to be in August and longan will all be very late, first fruit appearing in August. Durian is more or less starting the end of July and running through August and possibly into September. The durian crop could be the largest one ever.

 

For information on what might be available at any time of the year, please call Robert Luciano, sales manager, at (787) 672-2134. There may be small quantities of unusual fruit like the jackfruit, Rollinia, abiu and others that sometimes appear during the off-season.