My pick for this week has to be trays of Northern Territory Kensington Pride mangoes. I don’t usually talk about price in this article but today I must. This week these trays will be twenty dollars each. That’s the price we have been selling them for late November for a decade. It would have to be one of the very few, if not the only food product I can think of that has not varied for ten years!!! HFM still has Darwin fruit which is now eating at its best, but maybe doesn’t look so smart. By the end of the week we will swing into the Katherine fruit, 200kms South of Darwin and a little later in its maturity. These trays are the old fashioned larger tray with approximately 7kgs of fruit, not the new style 5kg tray designed in my view to look like a full tray but hold less. There will be from 12 very large pieces down to 22 small pieces of fruit in each tray. They have had a shower of rain on them so they won’t be spotlessly clean but they are fantastic to eat!!! Looking forward I can’t see mangoes being this cheap again this season, the crops in Queensland and Katherine are way below last year in numbers. If a tray is too many for you then of course we have from large to small to imperfect mangoes also attractively priced. The other option would be to share a tray with family, friends or neighbours. Don’t miss Kensington Pride Mangoes this week, best value week so far this season and I suspect also for the rest of the season.
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 would need to breathe.