Sweet, juicy mangoes are now in season, with farmers already starting to harvest the fruit from the Northern Territory. The fruit from NT has been harvested from July through to end of October then moving to the Queensland fruit. Qld Mangoes will be harvested from October till March.

 

An earlier mango harvest is tipped for Queensland this year following a delayed and stunted crop in many growing regions last season. Quantities of mango were down last season, due to a warm winter that affected flowering, as well as early wet season rain which hampered picking.

 

However, this year most of the region's trees are in full flower, thanks to an early cold snap in June and continued mild weather. Growers are saying it was a welcome sight.

 

Compared to last year, last year was non-existent. It was quite a poor year and so next year will definitely make up for it. Some mango fruit has already set but spring weather, including temperature ranges and storms, will affect yields.

 

From growers reports, I think the mango season's looking pretty good for the QLD region. Everybody should be able to find the good Mareeba mangoes just before Christmas