February 27 2020: With just four weeks left of the Australian Mango season, independent research conducted by Australian Mangoes has uncovered that this seasons crop is officially the most successful on record, despite adverse weather conditions in the Northern Territory and Queensland.
With much of the key growing regions affected by drought and dry land this season, concerns grew as to how this would impact the fruit, however, dry weather has in fact played a key part in helping to bring out the sweet and delicate flavours of the nations beloved summer fruit and aided in this being the best crop to date.
According to Robert Gray, CEO of Australian Mango Industry Association, “We’re absolutely thrilled with the quality of mangoes this season. With many regions battling against severe drought, our main concern has always been delivering the highest quality and best tasting produce to our valued consumers, which is what we’re proud to say we have achieved this year. Each year, Australian Mangoes are measured by the industry for their flavour and year-on-year the mango continues to exceed flavour and quality expectations, which is fantastic.
“We’ve also seen one of the biggest recorded crops come out of Darwin and an abundance of fruit coming out of Queensland and other regions. Growers across Australia are still producing good quality fruit, so consumers can be sure that they’re getting delicious mangoes right up until the end of the season.”
Sales data has also concluded that the support from consumers for local growers during an uncertain season has reached a record high, with over half of Australian households purchasing Aussie Mangoes fortnightly or more, that’s an impressive 20 per cent purchase increase compared to data from 2010.
Today, 3 in 4 Aussies are purchasing mangoes and rightly so, nothing says summer more than the feeling of sinking your teeth into a delicious ripe mango. Further to that, the Australian Mango Industry Association has reported that the growing regions will produce almost 10 million trays this season. Not only are mangoes growing in popularity, they are also growing in size with this season seeing a 1.5kg and a mighty 1.8kg mango discovered in the Northern Territory (the equivalent of eight mangoes in one).
With the summer season slowly drawing to an end, consumers are encouraged to stock up on the iconic fruit whilst Aussie Mangoes are still available on shelves. The late-season varieties, which are sweet and delicious, include Keitt, Kent, Palmer and Brooks. These varieties are currently available to purchase in grocery stores seeing this year’s mango season out with a bang. With local growers already beginning to prune and prepare for the next harvest, we look forward to welcoming another record-breaking crop later this year.