There are only a few local mangoes available in the USA, Hawaii, Florida and California, each with just a tiny (yet succulent and sweet) season. Mangoes are the fastest growing fruit commodities on the fruit circuit and the USA is the largest importer of mangoes in the world. As imports go there are limited options due to very tight USDA agricultural regulations protecting USA agriculture from white fly. In terms of organics, the options are even more limited because of the treatment protocol of imports (which we will talk about late in our The Packing House and Hot Water Bath post!). USA imports mangoes from 6 countries, Mexico, Ecuador, Brazil, Guatemala and Haiti. As far as organics go the mangoes are imported from only 3 countries; Mexico, Peru and Ecuador. Haiti also does a few organic mangoes, mainly to the east coast. It’s a short and very sweet season with a strong emphasis on fair-trade. The Peruvian and Ecuadorian season coincides with our winter and demand of mangoes during that time is relatively low yet stable. The Mexican season, which starts at the earliest in mid February, and moves through late August, is by far the most exciting season with an incredible (and growing) demand at consumer level. This is the “season” in terms of mangoes. Coinciding with hot summer and the American addiction to sweet ripe fruits, mangoes are fast becoming one of summer’s hottest commodities!
Spinaca’s La Colline Organics brand mangoes start as early as possible in the south of Mexico’s Pacific coast of Oaxaca and move up the Pacific Coast to Los Mochis, sometimes slowly, sometimes quickly! This season started early and presented some incredible quality fruit. Tommy Atkins variety is the main variety here along with Ataulfos. Good volume and reasonable sizing defined the Oaxacan season. Others moved on to Michoacán, located a few states north of Oaxaca. The mangoes in Michoacán tend to be a bit more inland and on the smaller side, but Michoacán also offers the first haden variety of the Mexican season, often times they are very small in size which is a trait American consumers are not fond of. Spinaca Farms, La Colline Organics tends to stick to the coast and move right up into the Nayarit region, with only a handful of truckloads from Michoacán in order to get the early hadens. The Michoacán and Nayarit seasons went by quickly, with quality fruit at the onset. Early Nayarit rains and heavy winds, causing more infections and fungi in the developing fruit cause some minor to severe anthracnose to occur in late Nayarit fruit. Anthracnose is a combination or pre and post harvest issues that are exacerbated in high humid and rain laden areas. Hot water bath treatments only aggravate the fungus and infection that can often not cause any or simply minor damage to the skin and tops of the fruit. As the Sinaloa season started it looked to be exceptional in comparison to the end of the Nayarit season showing signs of the anthracnose. Nayarit provided a plethora of variety in Tommy Atkins, Haden, Ataulfos and a few Kent’s before it ended. Sinaloa started early and Ataulfos ended much earlier than predicted and rather abruptly. Kents came on target and with exceptional quality and sizing for retail preferences. Empaque don Jorge Crespo is the center point for all things La Colline Mexican mango. Not only is the Empaque Don Jorge pack house our center for packing for all Nayarit, Michoacán and Sinaloa product but they have a long powerful history in Mangoes. With the ability to pack up to 14 truckloads per day, but they are the feet and ears on the ground for the entire La Colline Organics Mexican Mango season.
The season that started early will indeed end early and abruptly as many predict. Kents will continue to move from Sinaloa and Keitts will finish the season along with the rains in early August and we are now starting to see signs of fruit from Los Mochis, Ataulfos, Tommy Atkins and soon Keitts. It’s very difficult to tell exactly when the season will end, it will completely depending on rains, humidity and whether or not the orchards and fruits develop any anthracnose. La Colline will continue the season as long as the fruit proves to be “fruitful” for us all.
In addition to expanding the season with earlier and later crops this season and gaining new growers throughout all regions, La Colline Organics Mango program has added a new summer promotional campaign to be implemented each year! The La Colline Mango Mania campaign is designed to help promote -specifically -organic mangoes and the La Colline brand. We offer education, social media, virtual and print POS and a plethora of magic making marketing tools. This seasons “soft” launch will be followed by an even bigger one next season. Stay tuned and contact our marketing department for more info.