Last year, we saw some amazing mango seasons with fruit seemingly everywhere. This year is shaping up to be no different with the Mangoliqueforte, the Fowles Apple and the King of the Fruit season (yes, it’s true – Tommy Mango is the king of the fruit world) being some of the most sought after fruits. With the world in full sway of the mango, we should see many a mango billboard and mango-themed Instagram posts.
But here’s the question – how much are mangoes actually worth? We spoke to Richard Lainoff, Brand Director of Mango, and he put together an incredible insight into the value of a mango as the fruit season rapidly approaches.
Mangoes Are In Demand Worldwide
Mangoes have always been popular worldwide due to their versatility as a fruit. Not only can they be consumed straight away, but they can also be transformed into a variety of different products. This has made them popular with both children and adults alike, especially in warmer climates where eating something fresh is more appealing. As a result, many mangoes are imported from places like Florida and Chile where the climate is right for the fruit to flourish.
With this year being the International Year of the Mango, there will undoubtedly be a spike in demand for the delicious fruit. Not only is it trending nationally and internationally, but it’s also the focus of many a food festival, from UK to Miami Beach and beyond. If you’re looking to stock up on some mangoes before heading into summer, now is the perfect opportunity to do so.
How Can I Buy Mangoes?
The best place to buy mangoes is at the source – the tree. Although they’re available to buy online, the best option is to go pick your own from a tree near you. The majority of the fruit will be pale in color with a few rich red ones likely to be present on the tree. These are the perfect ripe mangoes and it’s common to see people go home with several carriers full of the delicious fruit. Whether you’re buying a gift for someone or need some snacks for your next party, the best way to go about it is to head to the source – local mango trees, rather than a box in the supermarket.
The Value Of A Mango
Mangoes are one of the most versatile fruits around. Not only do they taste incredible but they’re also extremely nutritious. The flesh of the fruit is high in vitamin A and C, with copper, iron, and potassium also being abundant. These are all vital for human nutrition and health. A medium mango will set you back around £2-£2.50, while a large one will set you back around £4-£4.50. These are prices for London – the cost may be a little higher in other areas.
What About Other Fruit?
Other fruits, such as strawberries and raspberries, have seen a huge rise in price as people are looking for something different to eat this year. Strawberries are going for around twice as much as they were a few months ago, while raspberries are up by around a third. For the best possible deal, it’s best to pick your own strawberries and raspberries rather than buying them in a supermarket. It’s also important to look at the source of the fruit – if it’s been flown in from a long distance, it will have incurred a great deal of expense on the part of the grower. If you’re paying for the privilege of buying some strawberries or raspberries, it’s essential to the business that they are of the highest quality and that you are aware of this before you make any purchase.
The Rise In Mango Prices
Since the beginning of this year, the price of a mango has shot up. It started with a small increase in the US, but has since spread to Europe and Asia. This is mainly because of the limited supply – thanks in part to the pandemic – and increased demand as a result of the fruit being in season. With summer fast approaching, now is the best time to buy a mango if you’re looking to do so. In fact, the best time is now – while supplies last!
If you’re looking for an amazing alternative to candy and snacks as a sweet treat for your children this year, a mango is a fantastic choice. Not only does it look like a treat from heaven, but it’s also something your kids will enjoy. With the summer season around the corner, it’s time to stock up on your favorite tropical fruit – we couldn’t think of a better way to spend our last days of April than picking our own mangoes!