Long renowned as producers of the world's best long-fibre cotton, Egypt is now to mount an export drive in Hong Kong to boost its sales of fruit. Some of the world's cheapest and tastiest strawberries grow in abundance alongside the River Nile. Ten kilograms cost around $30, about 40 times cheaper than the fruit fetches in Hong Kong supermarkets. Orange groves also blanket the flood plains, with 3 kg (or about 18 pieces of fruit) costing the same as a single orange in Hong Kong. Grapes are also to be marketed. 'We have four varieties - and none are like the plastic-looking fruit sold here,' Egypt's Consul-General, Ali Maher El-Dali, said. Also being touted as a potential source of export earnings are dates, the native fruits which have sustained Bedouin camel traders in one of the world's harshest environments for thousands of years. Dates were the ideal answer to modern societies growing increasingly concerned about excessive diets, Mr El-Dali said. 'They have been found to contain all the vitamins, minerals and carbohydrates required to meet the dietary necessities of life,' he said. 'The only other food consumed on a daily basis by the Bedouins is goat's milk, which provides their protein.'