28 Dec 2009

Samoa to export Tuamasaga limes to New Zealand

2:30 pm on 28 December 2009

A lime fruit with a distinctively Samoan name is likely to be Samoa's next big export to New Zealand and possibly Australia.

An official at the Nu'u Crop Station, Nauma Mailo, told the Samoa Observer that a market to export the Tuamasaga lime to New Zealand has already been secured and they are in the process of finding a buyer in Australia.

Mr Mailo says New Zealand has accepted the lime because it has a strong aroma and high acid levels.

He says it fruits year round.

The lime juice is a source in fragrance products such as shampoo and detergents.

It can also be used in soft drinks and in cooking.