Tangerines grown in Chongming District and Pudong New Area will be sold at 13 parks from Friday, Shanghai’s greenery authorities announced on Wednesday.
On the sales list are Zhongshan, Yangpu, Changfeng, Luxun, Huangxing, Heping, Jinqiao, Zhabei, Daning, Xinjing, and Changshou parks, as well as the Shanghai Botanical Garden and the Guyi Garden, according to the Shanghai Greenery and Public Sanitation Bureau.
Sales will last until November 20.
The fruits will be transported to these parks directly early in the morning on the day they are picked to ensure their freshness and the price is 1 yuan per kilogram.
The planting area for tangerines covers 54,000 mu (36 square kilometers) in Shanghai, with the majority in Changxing and Luhua towns and Hengsha Village on Chongming Island, according to the Shanghai Forestry Station.
The rest is located along the Dazhi River in Pudong as well as suburban Jinshan and Fengxian districts.
A total of 110,000 tons of tangerines have been produced this year, with most orchards reporting a reduction of 20 percent from last year. But the big temperature difference between day and night these days has raised sugar levels and the fruits are much sweeter this year, the bureau revealed.
Sales of Chongming tangerines were once sluggish due to lack of sales channels as the island district is far from downtown and had poor transport links before the Changjiang Tunnel-Bridge was built. The difficulties of getting the fruit to the markets prompted city authorities to step in several years ago and set up free stalls for farmers during each harvest in downtown parks.