This morning I had the pleasure of attending a mini expo at the gorgeous Itz’ana Resort & Residences held by the Belize Marketing an Development Corporation to showcase a new line of products they’re pushing to Southern Belize: frozen fruit pulps! BMDC is bridging the gap between farmers and consumers and making local Belizean fruit available to resorts, bars, and restaurants year-round. How great is that?! We tried a ton of awesome food and beverage samples and I have to say: I’m super excited about these fruit pulps.
The objective of the Belize Marketing and Development Corporation is really to promote Belizean made products and support local farmers. They have rice mills and processing/ packaging equipment, storage facilities and they organize distributions. Their main products are rice, beans, onions, jams, coconut oil, and now fruit pulps. One of the struggles that our agriculture sector faces is easily and consistently getting their raw products to market. It’s a hurdle and paired with the historic colonial way of thinking about food, imported items play a prominent (and totally unnecessary!) role in our culinary scene. We can do so much better within the country, its just a matter of marketing and distribution so it is exciting that BMDC is expanding.
The frozen fruit pulps are such a wonderful product to have. Tropical fruits cycle in the fast feast-or-famine harvest where you have an overabundance for a month or two and then nothing until next harvest season. Flash freezing the fruit pulp makes it convenient and feasible to have fresh mango, soursop, dragon fruit, and passion fruit at any time of the year. These fruits are fragile and have such short shelf lives that it is difficult for farmers to bring the raw products to market and sell them in the short timeframe that their quality is still at a premium. Frozen fruit pulp is a sure fire way to reduce food waste.
It is a total win-win. Farmers get their fruit to market without spoilage and consumers enjoy high quality pulps any darn day of the year. For tourist, we get to showcase our local tropical food which I think is a mayor draw for us as a destination. We do quality experiences over quantity of people so having fresh local products to offer in our recipes is part of the Belize package.
Now that BMDC has us all hyped for fruit pulps and honey and sauces, they just need to secure an area rep and distributor. I’ll let you know when and where as soon as they secure a spot and in the meantime, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org for a catalog.