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Mango jams, butters created from typhoon-damaged fruit

Date Posted: 2011-08-26

An Okinawa fruit farmer whose mango crop was damaged by Typhoon Muifa has turned to a popular chef to turn mangled mangoes into profits.

Chef Hiroshi Michifude was asked by the Nanjo City farmer to salvage the mangoes and make something of them. The owner of Chef Michifude’s Kitchen Ma-San-Do in Naha City’s done just that, taking the damaged mangoes and hand-processed them into mango jam and mango-honey butter.

Okinawa mangoes usually sell for ¥6,000~8,000 per kilo, but that price falls to between ¥1,000~3,000 when the fruit is damaged. “Although the mangoes are non-standard, I will sell the products with confidence,” says Michifude, “because of the added care provided by a professional chef.” In addition, he says, “I want to support farmers by letting them know they’ve got help in the event of a natural disaster.”

The mango jam is being sold in 140-gram jars, while the mango-honey butter is being marketed in 70-gram containers. Each is priced at ¥1,070. Michifude has already created about 700 containers of each product. He says the concept has so much promise, he’s planning to establish a factory to begin mass production of the mango jam and mango-honey butter starting next year. The mango jam and mango-honey butter are on sale at Chef Michifude’s Kitchen Ma-San-Do in Naha City.

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