We swelter, it got to 35C today but more importantly, the mango season is in full swing. Once again though, our tree has let us down, it decided to share with the flying foxes and the possum so we will get very few.
Last weekend I went for a visit to my home town which is virtually the mango capital of Australia so there was no problems in finding some of these fine fruit. They grow mainly a variety called Kensington Pride [Bowen Special] but over the past 5/10 years some have diversified to a fruit called R2E2. These are grown mainly for export to Japan and Europe but, in my opinion, are not as nice as the Specials. Just the same, they are fetching up to AU$60 per piece in Japan this year.
The R2E2 is named after the row that they were first established in by the DPI in Bowen. These mangoes originated in Florida as Kents [hows that] but, the kent variety will not tolerate our local diseases and climate but if it is grafted to a Kensington Pride trunk it will, it also grows much larger.
This photo is of two average size Kensington and two R2E2
taken on the back lawn today. The R2E2 on the top right weighed 1.2kg [2.65lb]
The waste is incredible as you will see in this link to a post I have made to a gardening forum. Forum: R2E2 Mangoes
So, enjoy a bit of trivia about our mangoes from down under.