It’s the second most wonderful time of the year when Jamaican mangoes are in season. Since April of this year, more than 1,500 boxes of Jamaican East Indian and St. Julian (Julie) mangoes weighing approximately 15,000 pounds have been shipped to the United States. Jamaica's Minister of Agriculture Floyd Green announced the first shipment of 2021 on his Twitter account.
This is Jamaica’s third shipping season since 2019 when shipments were resumed after having been out of the market for ten years. Mangoes have also resumed being shipped to the U.K. this year for the first time since 2014.
Of the two varieties, there is an overwhelming demand for the East Indian mangoes which is considered supreme of all Jamaican mangoes for their sweet taste and fragrant smell. There is tremendous economic advantage for Jamaica to expand production and shipments of both the East Indian and St. Julian (Julie) varieties as the demand is very high. Since the pandemic, many Jamaicans in the U.S. have had to postpone travel plans and having a taste of Jamaican mangoes brings some comfort.
The mangoes are made possible through partnerships with local farmers and Jamaican companies Dawson Trading and Carita Jamaica. U.S.-based companies Seasons Farm Fresh and Jamaica Direct imports these mangoes through air freight from Sangster’s International Airport in Montego Bay to Dallas Fort-Worth in Texas where they are irradiated before reaching their final destinations to international grocery stores mainly in the South and Northeast regions where there is a high Jamaican immigrant population. Shipments will continue through the end of the season around late June. Ah! Sweet mango time!
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Contributor: Paulari L.