ABC Rural By Matt Brann
Updated 45 minutes ago
PHOTO: Picked in June! Mangoes from the Northern Territory at the Sydney Markets 23/6/2014 (Sue Dodd)
Super-early mangoes from near Darwin in the Northern Territory rocked into the Sydney Markets this morning, to the surprise of many.
The out-of-season fruit is the result of a 'small' and 'scattered' flowering that occurred in March, which some growers have been able to turn into fruit.
Sue Dodd from the Sydney Markets says she's never seen NT mangoes in the market so early.
"I've been with the markets for about 26 years and these are the earliest mangoes I've ever seen," she said.
"There are some mixed grades of fruit, some that are looking quite smart and some that were obviously seconds [grade]. They are Kensington Pride [mangoes] and some of them even have a lovely blush on them which is amazing. "
The first grade fruit is selling for around $50 a tray.
Ms Dodd says given it's winter and New South Wales is about to go into school holidays, the market is fairly quiet and being able to sell mangoes will be a challenge.
"At this time of year it'll be hard to sell a mango and lots of them to the general public," she said.
"So if you're sending them, they better eat well."
The main harvest of Territory mangoes is expected to start in early October.