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Imposters Selling Pecos Cantaloupe?


By Geena Martinez
NewsWest 9

COYANOSA - It's a problem that's been going on for a while. Roadside vendors claiming to have the famous Pecos cantaloupes when they were actually grown somewhere else. NewsWest 9 went digging for answers and one vendor wasn't happy to see us.

Mandujano Brothers Produce grows the fruit in Coyanosa.

One look and you can tell the difference.

"When you cut one open, it's bright orange," Jimmy Stephens, a Pecos Fresh vendor, said. "You can tell in the taste, big time."

"Everybody wants a Pecos cantaloupe," Tony Mandujano, said.

But concerned locals contacted NewsWest 9 after feeling they were fooled by Pecos impostors.

NewsWest 9 decided to check out a few roadside stands around town.

We found two vendors at the same spot, one who was happy to talk to us. But the encounter with the other vendor was one we weren't expecting.

The "Pecos Valley" vendor did not want to be on camera but claims he isn't doing anything wrong.

NewsWest 9 called local grocery stores and other vendors but none of them knew where the "Pecos Valley" was located.

The Mandujano brothers said it's a problem they can't control.

"We have boxes that have 'Pecos Fresh' on them, we have cartons that people will take and put their produce in," Mandujano said.

But they said there are things to look for to make sure you're getting what you pay for.

"Our brand is 'Pecos Fresh,'" Mandujano said. "See our 'Pecos Fresh' sticker. You need to ask them where they got them from, but again, the best thing to do is just smell the cantaloupe."

You can find Pecos Fresh cantaloupes at your local Wal-Mart and Lowe's grocery stores.