I recently had the opportunity to sip hot black coffee with a high ranking Pakistani official, and while everyone else is talking Osama and war, we talked fruit.
He counted these newer fields off: jewelry, live crabs, frozen fish. But more than any of these, he wanted to talk mangoes.
“Of course every representative says their product is the best, but I think there is a general consensus that the Pakistani mango — even in the EU, and the US — the Pakistani mango is the most expensive. The reason being: it is supposed to be the best.”
I’d never even heard of a Pakistani mango! (Or of their thriving seafood trade, to be perfectly fair.)
“It has been exported all over the world. Unfortunately, it has been introduced to China, but not at a very large scale.”
If you’re in Hong Kong, or Guangzhou, you might find one. But Shanghai and Beijing? Don’t hold your breath.
“We are thinking of going for a mango show. We have already contacted most of the bigger chain stores, and they are willing to give us space to hold a mango festival in Shanghai.”
In Shanghai? That’s outrageous! I ate a piddling Chinese mango for breakfast this morning, and I think he needs to be up here peddling his wares in Beijing!
Looks like the next trip to Guangzhou has a new mission. A mango mission.
* Mango pix from Pakistan’s Shanghai Expo 2010 pavilion