Myanmar’s ice apples to penetrate international markets

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Ice apples being processed at a factory.  Photo: supplied

Ice apple, also known as palm fruit, will soon be purchased from Yesagyo Township for the purpose of export. The move is expected to help save palm trees from extinction, and create job opportunities for locals, according to a representative of Green Morentum company.
“Ice apples will be purchased from Yesagyo Township in Pakokku District of Magway Region. Branch offices will be opened in Ywar Thit village, Tharsi village, Myay Phyu village, and Kokkozu village for the purpose. We have already assigned village representatives who will purchase the toddy fruit,” said U Aye Min Tun, in charge of Myanmar ice apple sale. “Myanmar ice apples are being purchased with the aim of protecting palm trees from extinction and to create more job opportunities for villagers in Yesagyo Township. We have been trying to purchase ice apples for more than three years. We have already opened a company under the name of Green Morentum (GM) and a factory in Myingyan Town,” he said. “In 2018, our company contacted a Chinese company and negotiated the export of two containers, each carrying 20 tons of toddy palm fruits. We have already made arrangements to export more containers in 2019. We have also received offers from European countries for purchase of ice apples,” he said.
“Countries usually buy toddy palm seeds for making apple jelly. At present, Viet Nam is producing canned ice apples, and they are selling well in the market. Our company also plans to produce value-added ice apples,” he added. A single palm tree bears 230 palm seeds. Merchants from abroad purchase only the white seeds, called ice apples, for 20 kyats per piece.—GNLM (Translated by Hay Mar)

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