(Aug. 19) Hawaiian growers sold an estimated 2.3 million pounds of tropical specialty fruit in 2007, the U.S. Department of Agriculture Hawaii Field Office reported.

That’s a 59% increase over 2006, according to an Associated Press story reported on KPUA-AM, Hilo.

All major tropical specialty fruit crops experienced increases except mangoes and persimmons. Specialty fruit sales revenue for 2007 is estimated at $4.5 million, about 71% above 2006 sales.

Tropical specialty fruits surveyed included lychee, mango, starfruit and breadfruit.