Since mango is a tropical fruit, its production predominantly occurs in Northern Australia. The mango season starts in mid-November in Mareeba, early December in Dimbulah and mid-December in Central Queensland.
The fruit harvest season comprises of a wide variety of mango types. The most common amongst them is Kensington Pride, which makes up about 52% in the market. Next, Calypso mangoes comprise about 22% of the market. Moreover, Honey Gold makes up 7%, and Keitt makes up 2% of the mango market. 90% of Australian fruit is consumed domestically.
Predominantly, these fruits are grown in the northern Australian states. Some of the significant areas that produce this fruit are Darwin and Katherine, located in the Northern territory. Kununurra in Western Australia and Mareeba, Bowen and Bundaberg in Queensland are also major growers of mangoes.
Australia is predominantly an exporter of fresh fruits. The exports have catapulted in the last few years. As of June 2019, Australia has managed to export 8,211 tonnes of of this fruit.
This fruit is loaded with A and C. It also contains folate, B6, iron and a little calcium, zinc and vitamin E. Moreover, they are a good source of antioxidants, containing certain phytochemicals such as gallotannins and mangiferin which have been studied for their health benefits.
24% of fresh fruits were sent to Hong Kong as of 2019.
Article by: Hari Yellina (Orchard Tech)