The growers allow the latex to 'bleed' from the mango before further processing
"From West Africa, Ivory Coast is in the final stages and the season is partially being picked up by Mali. The supply from Senegal is also missing from the scene. Every reason to assume that the supply will be considerably less. You could almost forget that there can be a period of scarcity in the mango market, but it's on its way. It is good for the balance in the market, however," says the importer.
Left: the men cut the mangoes from the trees and the women lift the heavy boxes. Right: The whole family works on the harvest
He says the demand for mangoes is undoubtedly good. "Mangoes have become mainstream. The entire European market used to be saturated with a supply of 250 containers, but those days have gone and the market can now absorb large volumes. Of course there will be more competition from summer fruit over the coming weeks, but I expect us to be on the precipice of a good period."