MAREEBA and Dimbulah mango growers have received a backhanded compliment in the form of imitation mangoes for sale down south.
Mangoes with the label “Mareeba” were spotted for sale at a major grocery store in Melbourne recently, but with the late start to the season local mangoes are now only starting to be harvested.
FNQ Growers president Joe Moro is incredibly disappointed in this news, but is seeing the funny side.
“A lot of growers are very upset about it, it’s not the first time this sort of thing has happened,” he said.
“It’s a strange way of complimenting the area and the produce we grow.
“The bottom line is it’s not something we condone and we wouldn’t like to see it happen again.”
The person responsible for the fake mangoes has come forward and apologised, but has not yet apologised to the growers Mr Moro said.
“Mareeba mangoes have a certain taste,” he said.
“That’s because it’s grown in the Mareeba-Dimbulah area.
“FNQ Growers will be making sure that all parties that are connected to the selling and marketing of mangoes need to make sure they are not falsely advertising.”
Mareeba Mangoes are only just starting to be harvested in the Mareeba Dimbulah area and can be seen on shelves late December and into the New Year.
Mr Moro is going into the harvesting season with a positive outlook, and describing it as a late season.
“Winter came a bit later this year so the flowering of the mangos was delayed about a month,” he said
“The weather is always a part of the equation but this year it has played a significant role in delaying the season.
“It’s not just mangos its lychees and even avocados seem to be delayed.”
Even with the delayed season Mr Moro has assured that this season’s harvests quality will not be stained by the setback, consumers should be expecting the same great Mareeba mangoes taste and quality.