Malaysian Made: Crowning Glories
August 29, 2019 | Blog
After helping out with the family business in pineapple farming, Alex Tan grew to appreciate Malaysia’s climate and land. Now, as the Aqina Fruits Sdn Bhd General Manager and Ananas Republic Pte Director, Tan aims to better his company by overcoming challenges local producers face. Amidst these, the downward trend in recent times compared to neighbouring countries has severely affected the industry. Despite this, Tan remains optimistic about Malaysia’s potential.
Born and Bred in Malaysia
What would a good fruit rojak or pineapple tart be without pineapples? Luckily for us, most of the world’s pineapples are now farmed and produced in the tropics of Southeast Asia, even though they originated from South America. As the first produce to be grown as commodity crops (products to be traded) pineapple farming in Malaysia first took off in the late 1960s to early 1970s, placing us within the ranks of the top 20 pineapple-producing countries globally.
Coming Into Fruition
Like most fruits, pineapples stem from their plants’ flowers, which are originally bluish-lavender in colour. Reddish-coloured flower stalks emerge on the mature plants and bloom for about two weeks, with each of these flowers producing one of the diamond-shaped fruits that make up the pineapple body. As pineapples don’t continue ripening once cut off their mother plant, they’re usually picked before reaching full ripeness. With the entire cycle of growth lasting 12 months, growers such as Aqina may choose to produce a smaller crop of second-season fruits six months after through using substances found in natural plant hormones.
With a variety of nine different pineapple types planted in Malaysia, Aqina’s 200-acre land now hosts one of the most popular: the MD2 pineapples. Its more common names include “golden ripe”, “super sweet” or simply “gold” for its vivid colour and sweetness. With higher Vitamin C content, lower fibre and acidity, and a longer shelf life, Tan confirms locally-produced pineapples, including their Aqina Golden MD2 ones, have little to no residual levels. Consumers can therefore enjoy fresher consumption without compromising on flavour or quality, all in the comfort of their local supermarkets.
If you’re in the mood for some juicy Aqina Golden MD2 pineapples, you can get these homegrown fruits at your nearest Village Grocer outlet!
Keep it fresh,
Your friendly neighbourhood grocer.