On a cold, winter’s morning at Sydney Markets this week, trays of golden Kensington Pride mangoes arrived from the sunny Northern Territory.
They are officially the first mangoes of the 2018/19 season.
Your Local Greengrocer caught up with Emmanuel from Aussie Roma Fresh – a long-time member wholesaler of the program – to talk about this crop of earlier-than-usual KP mangoes.
“The boys responsible for mango sales – Moustapha and Charlie – work very closely with growers in Darwin to supply Your Local Greengrocer with top-notch product,” He said.
“In fact, they’re up in Darwin right now ensuring only the best Aussie mangoes available are sold at our [wholesale] stand.”
Moustapha Obeid – mango sales manager for Aussies Roma Fresh – said the very early fruit from Darwin’s rural area was of excellent quality.
“These are the first of the season and they’ve got a very nice colour, nice blush … and very sweet, beautiful,” Said Moustapha.
Mr Obeid said the trays were selling for $60-85 each, with a lot of buyers still not used to seeing mangoes in July.
“But everyone’s buying bits and pieces which is good.”
NT growers learning the secrets to early fruit
President of the NT Mango Industry Association, Leo Skliros, said there were a number of Top End farms ready to supply some early mangoes, but not as many as last year.
“There’s quite a few farmers in the NT who have now developed techniques to bring fruit on early,” he said.
“Some years though the weather doesn’t permit as much early fruit, and this is one of those years.