Fresh Fruit

Millions of small-scale farmers and plantation workers in developing countries depend on the production, processing and sale of fruit for their livelihoods. Globally around 62 million tonnes of major tropical products such as mangos, pineapple, papayas and avocados are cultivated each year.

98 percent of tropical fruit are grown in developing countries, where Fairtrade traditionally supports small-scale farmers and plantation workers. Fairtrade certifies both fresh and dried fruit as well fruit for juices. For a complete list of all types of fruit Fairtrade currently certifies have a look at our Minimum Price and Premium Information.

What Fairtrade Means for Fruit Producers

Selling under Fairtrade Standards offers plantations and small scale farmers a stable price. Producers receive a Fairtrade Premium to improve social and environmental conditions in their communities. Many producers have used Fairtrade Premium funds to convert their production to organic as well.

Fairtrade producers of fresh fruit are as diverse as the Fairtrade fruits. The fruits that can be sold under Fairtrade Standards include: Açaí, apples, apricots, avocado, baobab, blueberries, coconuts, grapefruit, guava, lemons, limes, lychees, mangoes, marula, oranges, papayas, passion fruit, peaches and nectarines, pears, pineapple, table grapes and wine grap. Read more

General Facts about Fruit

  • To draw a distinction between fruits and vegetables is not easy. For example, botanically a tomato is considered a fruit. However, the United States Supreme Court declared it as a vegetable for tax purposes in Nix v. Hedden in 1893.
  • It takes 13-15 fruits to produce 1 litre of orange juice. Orange juice is the world's most popular breakfast juice, praised for its high vitamin C levels.
  • Drying removes the moisture from food bacteria so, yeast and mould cannot grow on dried fruit. Drying also slows down the action of enzymes that facilitate the ripening process.
  • Due to the lack of liquids, fruit sugar is more concentrated in dried fruit, which makes them taste sweeter. They also contain lots of fibres and mineral nutrients such as potassium.
  • To slow down the ripening of fruit, you should not store ethylene dispensing fresh fruits such as bananas, apricots, melons and mangoes close to ethylene absorbing ones like apples or watermelons.

Where to Buy

Not all fruits are available in all markets. If you can’t find them, talk to you local grocer or get in touch with your local Fairtrade organization by checking out Fairtrade Near You or select one of the countries in blue on the map below.

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