The mangoes commercialized in Italy so far have come mainly from South America (by ship or by air), but now there is a third possibility: by road from Europe. Spanish operators seem to be the most efficient and the Italian produce is growing too, though supplies are still low.
"This year, we are purchasing mangoes from Spain as well, and our clients are particularly pleased. The fruit ripens on the plant and reaches Italy in a short time. Quality is high and the cost is lower than that of the produce shipped by air," reports Davide Ferraresso from Due Erre, operating at the Maap wholesale market in Padua.
Osteen mangoes from Spain
Spanish mangoes are sold at €2-3.50/kg wholesale depending on classification and packaging. Those transported by air cost €4.50-6/kg on average.
Kent magoes from Brazil, by air
"Ships cost less: the produce is harvested very early and the final organoleptic quality cannot be compared to that of mangoes harvested when ripe. Though there are clients who need to pay attention to price, and this is a good alternative."
Tommy Atkins mangoes from Brazil, by ship
Italian mangoes are on the up, but quantities are insufficient for continuous supplies. "The more the fruit ripens on trees, the better the organoleptic quality. This is why I hope Italian productions will become increasingly popular."