Rain puts extra drain on Asian Citrus' bottom line

Asian Citrus' orange plantation. Photo: SCMP Pictures

Persistent heavy rain from April to August last year led to higher production costs for orange plantation operator Asian Citrus. Typhoon Vicente triggered rainstorms and gales in the Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region, where the company's plantations are located.

Wednesday, 27 February, 2013, 1:21am

High-end fruit out of reach for most shoppers

Apples on special offer at Mega in To Kwa Wan. Photo: Tiffany Ap

For most shoppers, luxury fruit is a novelty or, at the very least, not something that can be enjoyed every day.

4 Feb 2013 - 4:37am

Cocktail: French Paradise

Cocktail: French Paradise

There are mixologists who believe that a cocktail is one thing, a fruit salad another, and that the two should remain distinct. David Wong is not of their number.

22 Nov 2012 - 9:37am

Traffic-light ice lollies

What you'll need:



Kiwi fruits

Knife and spoon (or blender)


1. Cut each fruit into tiny pieces with a knife and squash with a spoon. Or you can puree the fruit in a blender.

15 Aug 2012 - 10:46pm

Pomegranate juice

Biotta Pomegranate

HK$68 for 500ml, ThreeSixty

Unlike the other two products, this isn't pure pomegranate juice; this 100 per cent organic Swiss product is a combination of white tea, agave concentrate, pear puree and aronia (a type of berry) juice. The packaging advises to enjoy a glass of this before each meal to 'enrich your diet'.

10 Jul 2012 - 12:00am


Here's a new phrase to mark the end of the work week: TGIFF.

From this week to August 31, the World Cancer Research Fund Hong Kong wants you to have Fruity Fridays by having 'just one more' portion of fruit or vegetables. This annual campaign, now in its eighth year, aims to promote this simple step towards reducing cancer risk.

26 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Lifting ban on GM papaya 'a mistake'

Hong Kong is throwing away its chance to enter the growing mainland market for organic produce by allowing farmers to grow genetically modified papaya from today, local farmers warn.

23 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Say it without flowers

A wedding would not be complete without flowers adorning the church or venue, and as a centrepiece on the banquet table.

Flowers bring warmth and joy, and arrangements are tailor-made for each event, taking into consideration style and colour.

However, with couples exerting their own individuality, edible decor makes guests sit up and take notice.

21 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Chilled tomato soup

This is an easy dish that doesn't require any cooking, other than toasting the cumin seeds. It can be served as soon as you make it, but if you have the time it's even better if you chill the soup for about an hour, so the flavours have time to blend and develop. You need to use really sweet, ripe tomatoes or the soup will be tasteless.

21 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Ripe, sweet and oh so juicy

Fruit after every meal is a good choice of diet. But you also need to know how to eat them right.

Our junior reporters went to the Edible Arrangements store in Jordan last Saturday. There they mastered the craft of cherry-picking fruits and the best ways to consume them.

They also sampled the store's famous fruit bouquets. Check out what they learned ...

13 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Purifying masks

Pangea Organics - Japanese Matcha Tea with Acai & Goji Berry Facial Mask(HK$439/60ml)

25 May 2012 - 12:00am

Table talk

Moreno Cedroni, chef/owner of the Michelin two-star La Madonnina del Pescatore in Senigallia, Italy, will be cooking at Domani in Pacific Place from Tuesday to Thursday next week.

10 May 2012 - 12:00am

Tart at the beginning

Meizi (or ume, as they're known in Japan) are green apricots, although they're not simply the unripe fruit that will, if left on the tree, ripen into the beautiful golden-orange variety that we eat fresh later in the year (or eat dried). Green apricots, which are very tart, are rarely eaten as they are.

29 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Now dried fruit is hit by food scandal

Preserved fruit is the latest addition to the mainland's expanding list of unsafe foods, after an investigation by state television found that some were processed in filthy factories and contained excessive additives.

Preserved peaches were found packed in bags that had been used to hold animal feed, and hawthorn berries were soaked in a pool of water that contained garbage.

27 Apr 2012 - 12:00am


The insight that 'knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit; wisdom is knowing not to put it in a fruit salad' is widely attributed to Miles Kington, the late British newspaper columnist who wrote with wit and originality on a variety of subjects, but not extensively on rhubarb.

26 Apr 2012 - 12:00am