Infrared guns help to deliver sweetness
INFRARED technology is being rolled out across mango growing regions nationwide.
Australian Mango Industry Association’s Samantha Frolov explained the technology, which will ensure a consistent taste across the market, at the annual mango auction.
“The industry has been an advocate of the new infrared technology for the past three seasons. We have been rolling it out nationally,” she said.
“We have a number of guns that we travel around the country with that allow growers to utilise that technology.”
The hand-held guns are capable of measuring the starch content within a mango.
“Through the ripening process the starch... converts into sugar levels. So what it gives you is a reading of the sugar content – it’s the sweetness,” she said.
“The minimum for most varieties is 15%.”
Ms Frolov said the technology would help deliver consistency across the crop and this year’s mango season brought high hopes.
“We are almost at four million trays out of the Northern Territory – that’s the predicted forecast for the season,” she said.
Australian Mango Industry Association’s Samantha Frolov.