It is very rare that I am able to recommend mangoes as my pick of the week in the first week of September. We are seeing and enjoying fruit that would normally not be this good until the end of the month. Last time this happened was 2011, I can’t really think of any other year apart from that where they have been this good this early. There are two excellent options this week, both the KPs and TPPs are really good and both are well priced for this early in the season. The fruit is coming from Darwin at this stage of the season and it will only get better as we move down into the Katherine area in a few weeks. Mangoes are a great source of vitamins A and C. I love them with berries for breakfast, in a salad for lunch or just to snack on anytime of the day.
HOW TO PICK
The best way to buy a mango is to simply use your nose and look for the fragrant tropical fruity aroma. Ripe mangoes would also have a full colour and will give slightly to the touch. Avoid very soft or bruised fruit.
HOW TO STORE
Unripe mangoes should be stored out of direct sunlight at room temperatures for a few days until ripe. Once ripe, a mango should last in your fruit bowl for at least two to three days. Never refrigerate unripe mangoes and do not store them in plastic bags as they need to breathe.