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The sweetest season: mangoes hit the market after late start

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Sweet, fragrant, and juicy: nothing says summer quite like the taste of a fresh mango, but so far this season, the pickings have been slim.

Mango lovers may be wondering what’s up with this years supply.

One Cayman farmer said a rainy November means a late start to what he expects to be a “so-so” season, but farmer Clarence McLaughlin told Cayman 27 mango junkies will soon have plenty to feast on.

Farmer Clarence takes his produce to the people at pop up markets all over Cayman. With around fifteen varieties, he says his mangoes always hit the sweet spot with mango aficionados…

“There’s one for everybody,” he chuckled, holding yup a handful of different varieties of mango. “We have number eleven, we have Julie, we have East Indian, we got Fairchild, we’ve got robin, we’ve got turpentine, we’ve got governor’s, we’ve got a lot of mangoes that are really just great great eating mangoes.”

Farmer Clarence said 2016 won’t likely be remembered as a banner year for mangoes.

“We will have some, but not a lot like we had the year before,” he said.

He told Cayman 27 November’s wet weather is affecting this year’s crop…

“Last year, November, we got the most rain for the entire year, so it just wrecked the whole crop of mangoes in terms of having lots and lots of mangoes.

Even with a late start to the season, he said there will still be plenty to go around. Consumers should be seeing more and more in the next two to three weeks.

“Last year in march, we had tons of mangoes all the way through August,” he explained. “This year the mango season is late, very late, all the fruits are late this year. So the mango season probably is going to last into October.”

Good news for mango lover Odile Hynd, who stocked up on mangoes Tuesday (31 May) at the farmer’s market at the cricket pitch.

“Cayman mangoes are the best in the world. I always believe that,” she said with a huge smile.

She says she’s not too worried at the prospect of a late mango season.

“I believe I ‘m going to be here for the rest of the summer months and I enjoy the mangoes, even the late season, that’s fine for me, it’s not a problem,” she said.

Farmer Clarence told Cayman 27 backyard growers can help boost their mango trees’ yield with a little all-purpose fertilizer.

“So you go out about two, three feet around the tree and you fertilize that area during the rainy season. That will allow you to have more mangoes, bigger mangoes, and healthier mangoes,” he said.

But he said not to panic if the parrots, or your neighbors, make off with your crop.

“That’s a very good point, come and buy mines because we have lots of mangoes,” laughed Farmer Clarence.

 

Mango season is expected to peak in late August.

About the author

Joe Avary

Joe Avary

Joe Avary has been with Cayman 27 since 2014. He brings 20 years in television experience to the job, working hard every day to bring the people of Cayman stories that inform the public and make a difference in the community. Joe hopes his love for the Cayman Islands shines through in his informative and entertaining weather reports. If you have a story idea for Joe or just want to say hello, call him at 324-2141 or send an email to josephavary@hurleysmedia.ky

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