The first consignment of 800 boxes of Malawi mangoes from Africa has arrived at the fruits market of the Agriculture Produce Market Committee (APMC) in Vashi. This is the fourth year when the Malawi mangoes have been imported by Indian traders. They have a huge demand in the Indian market and taste similar to the Ratnagiri Hapus (Alphonso).
APMC traders say around 10 years ago, grafts from Alphonso trees from Ratnagiri were taken and planted over 1,500 acres in Malawi, with the rootstock of local mangoes available there. “The climate and soil of Malavi are suitable for mangoes and there is a good yield of Alphonso there,” APMC Vashi fruits market director Sanjay Pansare said.
Since mangoes from Malawi are available around four months before the season for mangoes starts in Maharashtra, and their taste is similar to the local Alphonso, there is a huge demand among buyers.
The Malawi mango is being imported by Annora Imports and Exports. A box has around 3 kg of mangoes.