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Brisbane Markets hopes bidders will dig deep at the mango auction on October 9 in support Diabetes QLD and Life Education Queensland

OCTOBER 07, 2014 12:00AM

Mango wholesaler Peter Tighe all set for the Brisbane Markets annual Mango Charity Auction. Picture: PATRIA JANNIDES

THE King of Fruits is exp­ected to send bidders into a frenzy at the annual Brisbane Markets charity mango auction this Thursday.

A symbolic tray of the season’s first prized mangoes will go under the hammer to support Diabetes Queensland and Life Education Queensland, with the highest bidder crowned the Mango King or Queen.

Brisbane Markets chief executive Andrew Young said he hoped the auction would top last year’s event, which raised more the $68,000 for the charities.

“There’s always a great ­atmosphere at the auction. It’s busy and a bit tense, and there’s an air of expectation,”
he said.

“Being a charity auction there’s a degree of nervousness as well because it ultimately relies on the good will of retailers.”

Mango wholesaler Peter Tighe, who has been in the business for 35 years, said the summer fruit was special for a number of reasons.

“It’s never boring selling mangoes, everyone loves them,”
he said.

“They’re a seasonal fruit, so you can only get them in mango season, which runs from September to March.

“It’s lovely to eat a nice cold mango on a hot day.”

Mr Tighe said mangoes took about three years to grow from seed to fruit and preferred warm climates, with early season fruit from the Northern Territory.

He said the best way to choose a mango was by its colour.

“They should be nice and plump with a yellow-red blush on the skin,”
he said.

And the best way to eat a mango?

“In the bath, because they’re so messy. No, with ice-cream they are just beautiful,”
he said.

The auction starts at 6.45am on October 9, at the Brisbane Produce Market, 385 Sherwood Rd, Rocklea.

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