/ 05 September 2023

Time to find a new pavlova topping…

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Image: by Desirae Hayes-Vitor on Unsplash

If you consider mangoes the crown jewel of the summer stone fruits (our hands are up…), might we suggest looking for another fave this season… That’s because Aussie farmers are warning that we’re in for a mango shortage this year thanks to Queensland’s warm winter. Manbulloo Mangoes manager David Lawrence says mangoes need some uninterrupted colder night weather to flower, which didn’t happen this year. Lawrence reckons “we’ve had a couple below 12C, but not consecutively”. That’s got him worried, with his 18,000 trees “sitting at about 30%” of his average yield. And the shortages might stick around for a while… Bureau of Meteorology’s Greg Browning says “we can expect a couple of warm years coming up”. The good news? Lawrence reckons the mango harvest – although smaller – will be in time for Chrissy. Sticky fingers crossed…

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