"The Sicilian mango campaign started with a small problem in December, when we had to remove unexpected blossoms. Then there were others in February that were damaged by a bad weather front. It took a lot of agronomic effort to obtain a third blossoming at the end of March, which though led to fruits of excellent organoleptic quality," reported Vincenzo Amata about his lively mango season.
Vincenzo Amata (Mr. Papamango)
"Due to the aforementioned reasons, yields will be lower this year, but quality will be very good also thanks to the high temperatures in summer. If growers can do their job, they will almost certainly have good fruits: just think about the high level of specialization required by our orchards during an unpredictable year such as this one. We kept the water and soil monitored and have had to keep adjusting to evolved needs."
"Only those who, like us, harvest the fruit at the right ripening level can guarantee high-quality mangos to consumers. Sicilian mangos are characterized by their non-uniform shape - it is rather difficult to find two with the exact shape and size - but they are always very aromatic."
"We have just started harvesting the fruits for our partners and, at the moment, it is difficult to talk about quotations. The only thing that is certain is that they will be 20% higher than last year. Our direct competitor is Spain, which started earlier than us in 2021. However, Spanish fruit is managed in the post-harvesting period before being placed on the market, while our fruits are simply harvested when ripe and packaged manually. Our mangos boast a value of 0.05 when it comes to multi-residues."
The Papamango warehouse
"We are very pleased with what we have achieved over the past few years and this is why we have chosen to expand our crops with another 1000 plants, achieving 4.5 hectares in total. Then we also have 600 avocado plants that will start producing in October 2021."