The mango, a symbol that summer is on its way.
Australians always wait anxiously for the mango season to start and it looks as though the season has started early.Two farms in rural Darwin have already started the harvest of the popular Kensington Pride mango, with the fruit set to arrive in Sydney markets soon.
A farmer from the Northern Territory says his mango trees have started bearing so much fruit he needs to support the tree branches to stop them snapping off.
Some green mangoes and the Asian varieties have also started being picked. The majority of the Northern Territory mangoes are expected to be harvested in the next two months.
Leo Skliros, president of the NT Mango Industry Association, says he’s been packing Kensington Pride mangoes this week. Although he says picking in late July is quite common, the amount of mangoes has been overwhelming the trees.
"We do have a horrendous crop for our early season; the trees are loaded with fruit. I've got branches snapping off with the weight of the fruit. I've had guys running around the orchard trying to prop up the branches, so they don't snap off."
The extra fruit means extra work, but for Skliros and the producers, the extra work is worth it.
"We've only picked one pallet of Kensington Pride, which will be heading to market on Thursday. "
We'll be picking the green varieties tomorrow, some of the Asian-type varieties. We'll be picking Kensingtons again this time next week, and hopefully, we'll be looking at more like ten pallets — a tonne of mangoes.