As Mount Vema continues its mission to find reliable suppliers for the City of Mount Vema, Citrus fruit is next. The government is looking to South Africa, Brazil, China, the United States, Mexico, India, and Spain, the world's largest citrus-producing countries to find deals.
Orange and grapefruit juices are expected to be very popular breakfast beverages in Mount Vema, including lemonade which will be processed to produce beverages (juices) for domestic consumption and exports.
Citrus fruits have well-documented nutritional and health benefits. They can help prevent and cure some diseases and has been associated with a 10% reduction in odds of developing breast cancer.
Oranges were historically used for their high content of vitamin C, which prevents scurvy, which is caused by vitamin C deficiency, and can be prevented by having 10 milligrams of vitamin C a day. An early sign of scurvy is fatigue. If ignored, later symptoms are bleeding and bruising easily.
Citrus fruit intake is associated with a reduced risk of stomach cancer. Also, citrus fruit juices, such as orange, lime and lemon, may be useful for lowering the risk of specific types of kidney stones.
Grapefruit is another fruit juice that can be used to lower blood pressure because it interferes with the metabolism of calcium channel blockers, and Lemons have the highest concentration of citrate of any citrus fruit, a daily consumption of lemonade has been shown to decrease the rate of kidney stone formation.
With thousands of people to feed during construction and after the City of Mount Vema construction is completed, the Vema Seamount Territory needs all the reliable suppliers it can find to ensure there is no shortage of quality food for those who will live and work in the island.
As the territory negotiates trade deals, Apples and Bananas are next in the list after Grain which is still pending feedbacks from some of the preferable exporting countries listed by priority. A variety of apples and will be imported year-round, to be used for a variety of purposes at hotels, ships and private homes, to be eaten raw, as a cider or cooked.
The apple exporters to be approached first are the United States of America, Belgium, Netherlands, South Africa, New Zealand, France, Chile and China. The banana exporters to be approached are Ecuador, Netherlands, Dominican Republic, The United States of America, Guatemala, Philippines, Honduras, Costa Rica, and Panama.
Bananas are one of the most popular fruits in the world, and due to the fact that they do not require very specific conditions to be grown in, are grown all over the world, with plantations being present in at least 107 countries.
Bananas are a must have, topping the Mount Vema fruit import list, as it is famous for its sweetness, while to a lesser extent, it is also used to make banana wine and banana beer. Bananas are used in a variety of dishes worldwide, from being fried to being made into jams and also baked into pancakes.
India, unsurprisingly, is the largest producer of bananas in the world, producing nearly a fifth of all the bananas produced in the world. However, it does not feature on this list as nearly all of the bananas produced are consumed locally.
The second biggest producer of bananas is the Philippines which produces 7% of the global banana production. But exports of bananas have historically dominated Central America, along with the export of coffee as well. Some countries, such as Honduras, Costa Rica, and Panama have been called banana republics due to the fact that their economies were significantly dependent on the export of bananas, so they made the list of potential exporters of banana to Mount Vema.