A taste of summer is here with the first Calypso® Mangoes of the season arriving in supermarkets around Australia this week.
Calypso® Mangoes are irresistible with their beautiful blush skin and sweet flesh that has no messy fibres to get caught in your teeth. They also have a smaller seed than other mangoes, so there is more of the fruit to enjoy and share.
Second generation Calypso® Mango grower Daniel Niceforo said picking was in full swing on plantations in Darwin and had just started in Katherine.
“We monitor the mangoes every day and leave them to hang on the tree for as long as possible, so when they hit the stores they are full of flavour and ready to eat,” he said.
“Picking always starts first in the Territory with the warm winter giving us delicious Calypso® Mangoes through spring. Harvesting then shifts to Far North Queensland for the summer fruit.
Perfection Fresh CEO, Michael Simonetta added that the season ahead is looking strong.
“The Territory mangoes in store now taste fantastic and over the border in Queensland, growers are having a fantastic year with just the right balance of cool nights and warm days to nurture Calypso® Mangoes to maturity. This means we’ll have lots of delicious fruit ready to meet the bigger demand over Christmas and summer.”
This year more than 50 million Calypso® Mangoes are expected to be picked.
For irresistible Calypso® Mangoes every time, follow these four selection and storage tips:
- Summer glow - Look for a Calypso® Mango that has a sun-kissed blush to the skin.
- The beak test - Lightly press the “beak” (the pointy end, not the stem end) and if the flesh gives slightly it’s ripe.
- Bowl is best - Calypso® Mangoes are best kept in a fruit bowl out of direct sunlight and away from heat.
- Longer lasting - Calypso® Mangoes naturally last longer than other mango varieties but avoid putting them in the fruit bowl with bananas as this accelerates ripening. Bananas release ethylene as they ripen, which speeds up the ripening of many other fruits too.
Calypso® Mangoes are available nationally at all major supermarkets from this week.
RECIPE: Calypso Mango and Ginger Smoothie
Prep time: 5 mins
Cooking time: 0 mins
1 Calypso® Mangoes
3/4 cup low fat vanilla or natural yoghurt
1 tsp honey
10 large ice cubes
1 tsp grated fresh ginger
1 tbs lime juice
to serve extra crushed ice and Calypso® mangoes
Place 2 large glasses in the freezer for 30 minutes.
Cut the fruit from the mango, discarding the skin. Place the fruit into a blender with the remaining ingredients and blend on high until smooth.
Pour into glasses and serve.
TIP: For a Dairy Free Calypso® ginger smoothie, replace the yoghurt with ¾ cup chilled coconut water or coconut milk. For a Calypso® mango & raspberry smoothie, replace the yoghurt with coconut water and add 125g Perfection Raspberries to the blender with remaining ingredients.