Issues for mangoes include True-to-type, postharvest management and the need for value addition to extend market options.
The key elements of mango postharvest management are:
- Although mangoes can get sweeter after being removed from the tree, if harvested too early, they will have poor texture and be less sweet. Therefore, harvest mangoes based on
- external color (depends on cultivar and may be light green to dark green or even red) (See example below)
- Shape (fullness of cheeks and shape of shoulders), and
- internal color (greenish white to yellowish orange)
- Do not harvest fruit by pulling from the tree. Clip the stem sufficiently high to avoid latex leaking and staining the fruit.
- Keep fruit as cool as possible and out of the sun as soon as possible after harvest. This limits fruit sunburn.
- Mangoes are very sensitive to temperatures (see guide below).
Harvest guides (from DAFF)
Mango skin colour (English - PDF, 170 kB)
Temperature guide (English - PDF, 455 kB)
Mango defects (English - PDF, 175 kB)
Ripening guide for R2E2 and Kensington Pride (English - PDF, 330 kB)
Handling Mangoes (Information from the Queensland Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry. DAFF)
- What lessons can you learn from "Handling of Australian mangoes at export destinations" (Manual PDF, 360 kB, DAFF)"
- Tips for a Successful Business (Manual Modified slightly from DAFF)