Sweet success this mango season

Mango industry says this season one of the tastiest ever


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This season has produced an especially tasty mango crop.

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A mango scanner in action at Groves Grown Tropical Fruit, near Yeppoon. Photo: Instagram/grovesgrowntropicalfruit

A mango scanner in action at Groves Grown Tropical Fruit, near Yeppoon. Photo: Instagram/grovesgrowntropicalfruit

Good weather and a nifty piece of technology have combined to produce a bumper crop of tasty fruit this season, the Australian Mango Industry Association says. 

The mango industry has recently adopted new scanning technology that allows fruit to be checked - without damage - while it is still on the tree. 

Infrared scanners let mango growers measure the dry matter content of fruit before it is picked, which can be used as an indication of how mature the fruit is.

This in turn gives an indication of how tasty the fruit will become once it is ripened.

Dry matter content is a good rule of thumb for how much starch and sugar are in the fruit, and therefore a good indicator of taste, according to the Australian Mango Industry Association. 

Measured on a scale out of 20, a higher reading indicates a more mature, and ultimately tastier, fruit. 

The Australian Mango Industry Association said this season's mango crop had shown consistently high readings when scanned ahead of picking. 

Association chief executive Robert Gray said increases in the quality and taste of mango required an industry-wide effort and were years in the making. 

"The mango industry has spent the last three years making sure that we have been working and delivering on good flavour, and we are certainly seeing higher readings," he said. 

Mr Gray also said the 2018-19 mango season was on-track to be Australia's second-largest harvest on-record, with forecasts indicating more than 10 million trays could be produced across the country.

Sandy Groves, from Groves Grown Tropical Fruit near Yeppoon, said the use of infrared scanners gave a helpful indication of fruit maturity. 

“If it's not mature, it will ripen but it will have no taste,” she said.

The scanners also helped to ensure growers were putting quality product out on to the supermarket shelf.

“If your fruit is not up to a certain standard, the supermarkets won't buy it because it's not a good eating experience.” 

The mango industry as a whole had benefited from the use of the infrared scanners, she said.

"The mango industry has a number of these guns and they go around and test fruit and tell you how mature it is.

"Then you can start to pick your fruit and you know it's really good quality.

“It's really improved the mango industry as a whole.” 

The story Sweet success this mango season first appeared on North Queensland Register.

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