The first batch of Vietnam’s seedless lychee arrived in the UK on Friday, becoming the fourth Vietnamese specialty fruit to be exported through official channels to this demanding market this year.
The shipment was imported by TT Meridian – a distributor of Vietnamese lychee and agricultural products in the UK. Seedless lychee is grown in Ngoc Lac district, North Central province, Thanh Hoa.
Mr. Thai Tran, the company’s CEO, said the retail price of seedless lychee ranges from £16-18/kg, which is £3-4 higher than regular lychee.
He noted, if the quality and price are accepted by the UK market, the company will import about 1 ton/week in June and July – Vietnam’s lychee harvest season.
He said that the whole process of the company from harvesting fresh fruit at the farm in Vietnam to selling it to the UK takes only 36 hours.
According to the official portal of Thanh Hoa province, Ngoc Lac seedless lychee is produced according to VietGAP, GlobalGAP standards, organic and qualified for export to Japan, Canada and Europe.
When ripe, the fruit is bright red, the pulp is crispy, and the taste is slightly sweet.
This variety, imported from Japan, has been planted by Ho Guom – Song Am High-tech Agriculture Company on an area of about 30 hectares in Ngoc Lac since 2019.
This is the first year he harvested with an estimated output of over 20 tons.