Ap­petite grows for Ca­lypso

Tablelands Advertiser - - RURAL INSIGHT -

AUS­TRALIAN and overseas con­sumers have a big ap­petite for a new va­ri­ety of mango grown on the Table­lands.

Ca­lypso is known for its dis­tinc­tive red blushed skin and sweet flesh, and was de­vel­oped by Queens­land sci­en­tists with lo­cal con­di­tions in mind.

The high yield­ing-va­ri­ety is grown through­out the state and cur­rently cap­tures 25 per cent of the mar­ket.

Depart­ment of Agri­cul­ture and Fish­eries (DAF) hor­ti­cul­ture and forestry sci­ence busi­ness man­ager Jodie Camp­bell said the pop­u­lar­ity of Ca­lypso man­goes was set to grow un­der a com­mer­cial­i­sa­tion part­ner­ship with fruit and veg­etable mar­keter, Per­fec­tion Fresh Aus­tralia (PFA).

“In a short time-frame, the fam­ily-owned or­gan­i­sa­tion has man­aged to rein­vig­o­rate the Ca­lypso brand in key mar­kets do­mes­ti­cally,” she said.

“Now that it’s taken such a big bite out of the na­tional mar­ket, nu­mer­ous in­ter­na­tional ex­port op­por­tu­ni­ties are beck­on­ing.”

Ms Camp­bell said an ex­tra 65,000 trees would be planted to keep up with de­mand.

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