Sydney, May 5: Mangoes are the part of elite fruit culture of India and now it happened for the first time that mangoes from India have been exported to the Australia for the first time. Mango is known as the king of all fruits and Australia is very keen to export variety of mangoes from India.
Mangoes from India have been exported to Australia for the first time, with the inaugural consignment of around 400 trays landing in Sydney this week. Revised protocols have opened the door for Indian imports, with fruit allowed into Australia as long as it has been treated with irradiation prior to export.
Perfection Fresh Australia (PFA) took delivery of the mangoes, all of which were the Kesar variety. "The first consignment, I've got to say, was a little disappointing," PFA chief executive Michael Simonetta said.
"The fruit had a little bit of blemish on the skin and wasn't as evenly coloured as we expected it to be, so we're in the process now of getting it to colour more evenly and then offer it for sale following that.
"The eating quality is quite nice. It's pleasant to eat. "The feedback has been okay and the upside for me as a consumer is that it tastes better than the Mexican Keitt [mangoes] that are in the market as well at the moment."
Mr Simonetta said the mangoes would predominantly end up with independent retailers. "We have shown them to the major supermarkets, but at the moment the volumes are far too light. "This is a trial and it's yet to be concluded, so while I'm a little bit underwhelmed, it's too early to call."