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To Keep this in perspective, these are very expensive hothouse mangoes that normally sell for $100.00 each. This extraordinary price was the result of a special auction.

In Australia, they do the same for the first harvested tray of mangoes and raise as much as $50,000.00 usd (about $5,000.00 usd per mango !!!)

Back in 2008, the Japanese record stood at 200 Thousand yen or roughly $2,000.00 usd.

Mango World Magazine (IMO BLOG) has posted several articles about these famous mangoes from Southern Japan that are grown under very exacting conditions...

But this year, a new record was set with a whopping 300 Thousand yen or roughly $3,000.00 usd.!

(Don't forget that in Australia, they pay as much as $50,000.00usd for a tray of Australian mangoes at a special auction to raise money for special charities from the first harvested mangoes every year)

 ** That would translate to about $5,000.00 usd per mango !!!

Here is a look back at how these amazing mangoes are cultivated in Japan:



Dr Yoshimi Yonemoto of Jinnai Farm 21 in 北海道樺戸郡浦臼町 checks a mango just prior to harvest. 

The noted hortiiculturalist has worked with mangoes from Hokkaido to Ishigaki, helping growers to produce high quality fruit for consumers in Japan. 

The farm produces as much as 50 metric tons of mangoes per year for consumers. — with Yoshimi Yonemoto.


Miki Kusaka from Jinnai Farm21院海道樺戸郡浦臼町 places just picked mangos on a line to be weighed and have their color and sugar checked. 

In peak season over 2000 mangoes a day can be checked and packaged according to size, color and sugar content. 

Less than 5% of all mangoes grown are of the ¥10,000 yen each class. 

Most of the Hokkaido house grown fully ripe mangoes are priced from ¥1500 yen to ¥5000.

Netted Irwin mangoes are waiting to drop into the nets as the winter season harvest begins at Jinnai Farm 21 in 北海道樺戸郡浦臼町.

 As mangoes fully ripen they fall into the net un-damaged and are harvested daily and shipped to market.

Mango production in Japan is based mainly using our Floridian cultivar call 'Irwin’. They grow mangoes in green houses.
~ Noris Ledesma
Fairchild Tropical Botanical Gardens
Coral gables, Florida

Mangoes are usually harvested from spring through summer in Japan. 

But they learn how to produce mangoes for Christmas when they can get the premium price.

 Look at these 2 mangoes for $US 108.00 ($54.00 each)

Okinawa growers mainly believe in the variety 'Irwin', like the rest of the people in Japan. 

The rootstocks used are a polyembrionic type from Taiwan. 

Some of traditional growers do not induce blooming, as it occurs naturally during the cool winter season. 

Trees are heavily mulched and intensely managed by pruning. 

Traditional growers leave two principal branches horizontally to support the canopy for the rest of their life. 

This will provide light in the most efficient way according with him. 

We had a long discussion about mango management.

 The harvest season is in June and the average wholesale price of mangoes at the Okinawa central wholesale market is 100 yen/kg. 

I really enjoyed this visit to see for myself how the Japanese have been domesticated Florida mangoes according with their tradition and culture.

Images courtesy of Ken Love and Noris Ledesma Facebook Pages

Going south from Soporo to Miyasaki:
Mr. Kazunori Yokoyama is showing us his farm to share his secrets how he can produce more than 10% the top quality mangos in Japan "the egg of the sun".

He works with his family, no workers.

My visit of Japan is over. 

This has been a lesson of high quality standards of producing mangoes. 

Clean agriculture, dedication, discipline, and love for agriculture.

Thank you all my friends in Japan for the opportunity to experience what have been done with our Floridian mangoes!

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