The Carabao Mango – rated in 1995 by the Guinness Book of World as the sweetest fruit in the world – is known in other countries as the Manila Super Mango.
India is the world’s largest mango producer, followed by China, Australia, Mexico and the United States. The Philippines occupies sixth slot, with 4 percent of world harvests, and is the largest supplier of fresh mangoes to Japan with a market share of 65 percent.
Thailand produces more mangoes but the Philippines exports more. Still, the Philippines gets just 7 percent of the global mango pie.
In Gross Value Added, mango contributes an average of P12.5 billion per year, according to the Bureau of Agricultural Research.
Mango harvests grew by 10 percent last year, the Department of Agriculture (DA) estimates. The 2010 El Niño warm weather contributed to the growth because flowers bloomed in the absence of rain.
Philippine mango exports first grew big time in the early 1990s. By 201…
Thursday, November 24th Happy Thanksgiving! In anticipation of stuffing both turkeys and ourselves this Thanksgiving, we've been featuring a variety of nonprofits this week that tackle hunger in some unique ways. We can't think of a better way to say "thanks" for all that we have than to share it.
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THERE was a time when it was only during summer when children climbed mango trees to pick the fruits. Now mangoes are available the whole year round.
This was made possible by the research of Filipino scientists, particularly Dr. Ramon C. Barba.
Not only are mangoes available the whole year here but also in other countries because mangoes have become a major Philippine export.
For a fruit industry to really develop, a guaranteed, regular annual production is needed. However, mango flowering is seasonal and oftentimes erratic. Sometimes, flowering occurs only on alternate years.
Carabao mango (Mangifera indica L.) generally flowers in March and April. Flowering may be induced by smudging: burning plant wastes under the trees to produce a smoky fire.
Although this process often results in early flowering, it is laborious, hazardous and does not completely guarantee its occurrence.
In the past, smudging was generally practiced in February and Mar…
Tripling yields, placing mangoes on world market year-round
BY PAUL M. ICAMINA
FOR his many contributions that have had unprecedented impact on agriculture, Dr. Ramon C. Barba, now 72, was awarded the 2011 Umali Award by the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) last Wednesday in Los Baños.
The plant scientist from the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB) is the first Filipino to receive the award and the third recipient in Southeast Asia.
The $10,000-award, given to outstanding Southeast Asian scientists, is named after the late National Scientist Dioscoro L. Umali, a founding Director of SEARCA and former Assistant Director General of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization.
Foremost among Barba’s researches was a breakthrough discovery in 1974 of mango flower induction by potassium nitrate, making it possible for fruits to be available all year round.
The use of potassium nitrate is low-cost and benefits both farmer…
Try this versatile and delicious turkey sauce, easy and quick to prepare (you'll want to skip the gravy on your pavo this year, believe me).
The sauce can also be combined with bread pieces to make a wicked stuffing.
A potpourri of flavors and textures, with a mango/Kahlua (coffee liqueur) twist, this sauce is amazing over pork, too. Just squeeze half a lemon over sauce and mix when serving on your pernil / lechon. Citrus is the perfect complement to pork.
1 can Whole Berry Cranberry Sauce - Ocean Spray or favorite brand
1 medium size mango, not too ripe, cubed
1 cup walnuts
1 6-8 oz cooked ham steak, cubed (usually in the meat section
2 tablespoons whipped salted butter (Breakstone's is my favorite)
1/4 - 1/2 cup real Kahlua (to taste - try 1/4 first, I like more Kaluah) Note: use the real Kahlua (bottle says KAHLUA in big bold letters) not Tia Maria…