In episode four of Matthew Hayden’s Home Ground he professes his love for Queensland Bowen mangoes.
Bowen is the oldest town in North Queensland and home to the Bowen mango.
Bowen mangoes are the most popular variety grown in the sub-tropical and tropical regions of Australia, making up 70 per cent of all trees planted.
Today, a 10-metre tall “Big Mango” is one of the major tourist attractions in Bowen.
The Bowen has golden flesh with a sweet, tangy flavour and a rich, orange skin tinged with a pink or red blush.
Mangoes in Australia
There are more than 1,000 varieties of mangoes across the world but the most popular in Australia include Bowen (Kensington Pride), Calypso, R2E2, and Honey Gold.
Australia mangoes are grown in the tropical and sub-tropical regions of the Northern Territory, Queensland, New South Wales and Western Australia.
Mangoes are an excellent source of vitamin C and they contain dietary fibre, potassium and valuable anti-oxidants.
A 200g serve of ripe mango provides you with up to three times your recommended daily intake of Vitamin A and Vitamin C!
How to choose mangoes
A mango tree doesn’t produce fruit until it is about four-years-old. Mangoes are harvested from September to March in Australia but the peak of the season is from November to January.
A ripe mango will give to gentle pressure at the stem end and have a sweet mango aroma.