The Art of Exporting Organic Papaya

Michoacan Organics is bringing Organic Papayas to the United States

by Keith Agoada

Michoacan Organics Papayas
Michoacan Organics Papayas

Papayas are a delicate fruit, and shipping them commercially to the United States from Mexico is not for the faint-hearted.

Furthermore, commercial organic papaya is relatively unseen in the US market. Michoacan Organics has taken a pioneering role in the export and commercialization of organic papaya to the United States.

It has taken over a year of trial and error to really master the supply chain for this delicate fruit.

Highly tropical, the papaya requires great attention to detail in order to maximize shelf life, maintain a great color, and obtaining the perfect flavor.

If the papaya is harvested premature, i.e. fully green, the fruit will have a great shelf life, but as it ripens, it won't achieve that beautiful golden orange color. It is more likely to ripen a brownish color. And the flavor will be bland and gross. It is not a papaya that people will want to eat.

Organic Papayas, Michoacan Organics
Organic Papayas, Michoacan Organics

If the papaya is harvested mature, i.e. mostly yellow, the fruit will taste amazing, but the shelf life will be extremely limited and quickly go bad. The supermarket will end up having to throw out most of the papayas and will ask for a refund.

The perfect commercial organic papaya is harvested green with 1-2 rays of yellow color starting to "break." When harvested at this color the fruit will maintain a nice shelf life, while simultaneously achieving a wonderful flavor.

Michoacan Organics is now designing the organic papaya box as it prepares to launch to the market in early 2018 with its branded papayas grown in Colima, Mexico, and shipped directly to the United States upon harvest.

Visit to Organic Avocado Farm and Packing House in Michoacán, Mexico

Part 1: Leonel and the Packing House
by Keith Agoada

In August I had the privilege of spending three days in Michoacán, Mexico visiting with Leonel Chavez, Owner and CEO of Michoacan Organics an export wholesaler dedicated to organic avocado supply chain and sales to the United States.

Leonel is a pioneer in organic avocados in Mexico with more than 20 years experience grow