Appetite grows for Calypso
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.