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AUSTRALIA : Sydney Markets surprised by the arrival of early mangoes

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)

Cool Top End nights spark heavy mango bloom

 Picking mangoes in June!

MAP: Darwin 0800

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 …

Festival celebrates Hawaii’s mangoes

June 22, 2014 - 1:04am

Mangoes come in many colors and flavors. Many local varieties will be featured at this year’s mango festival. Sonia Martinez/Special to West Hawaii Today

Gardening events

Farmer-direct markets: Hooulu Farmers Market, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday and Saturdays at the Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay; South Kona Green Market, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Fridays and Sundays at Amy B.H. Greenwell Ethnobotanical Garden in Captain Cook; Keauhou Farmers Market, 8 a.m. to noon Saturdays at Keauhou Shopping Center.

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By Diana Duff
Special to West Hawaii Today

We live in a climate that allows us to grow many mango varieties. Most of them ripen during summer. Despite our ever-changing climate, most mangoes have flowered and some are already fruiting. We are looking forward to a bountiful year f…

GMO bananas are coming to a supermarket near you, thanks to Bill Gates

Sunday, June 22, 2014 by: J. D. Heyes
Tags: gmo bananas, gates foundation, scientific mistakes

(NaturalNews) What does the development of genetically modified bananas have to do with the world's richest man, founder of Microsoft Corp. Bill Gates? 


As noted by CNet News, James Dale, the director for the Center for Tropical Crops and Biocommodities at Queensland University of Technology in Australia, says he's devoted a number of years to the creation of a better banana (what is currently wrong with the kind that grow naturally? We haven't a clue, but there it is).

Dale says he's been working on creating a pro-vitamin A-enriched banana since 2005.

"Good science can make a massive difference here by enriching staple crops such as Ugandan bananas with pro-vitamin A and providing poor and subsistence-farming populations with nutritionally rewarding food," he said in a statement.

'We know our science will work' - famous last wordsAnd now, thanks to nea…