My pick of the week is definitely Northern Territory Kensington Pride mangoes.
"To me Kensington Pride’s (KP’s) are the mango to eat and the Territory is where they grow the best. The season is running late this year and so the price has been somewhat higher than usual for this late in October because the harvest up there is around a half last year’s numbers.. high winds and low humidity both took a toll on the crop as well leaving the industry with a lot of marked fruit to deal with. Lots of other mangoes look better than KPs, but they don’t eat near as well.
The KP is naturally soft with golden flesh and a very full-bodied flavour. With plantings now all over Australia, they will be plentiful until mid or late January. In fact it is looking like a very strong supply to come out of Queensland which starts in mid-December. They will still be available through until late March. When they are good - which is now, mangoes are by dollar the most popular fruit we sell.
There are a couple of noteworthy new varieties; the Yess variety and the AhHa variety are both standouts being developed up there, and we will have limited supplies of these this year, it takes a few years to develop these new varieties.”
– David Harris
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 2 or 3 days