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AUSTRALIA : New mango variety Lady Jane to hit supermarket shelves next year











NT Country Hour By Daniel Fitzgerald








Posted about an hour ago

































Two new mango varieties, known as Lady Jane and Lady Grace, are on the verge of commercial production in the Northern Territory.












00:00 AUDIO: Ken Rayner and Richard Byllaardt discuss the Lady Jane and Lady Grace mango varieties (ABC Rural)









Lady Jane mangoes are expected to appear on supermarket shelves next year, and Lady Grace fruit will be available in three years.





Commercial fruit grower Sevenfields is developing the new varieties with mango breeder Ken Rayner at its Katherine orchard, where it has 4,000 Lady Jane trees and "a handful" of Lady Grace.




Sevenfields is undertaking a large propagating program, growing out thousands of Lady Jane and Lady Grace mango trees in a greenhouse.





By the end of next year Sevenfields' managing director Richard Byllaardt expects to have 10,000 trees of both varieties in the ground at the Katherine orchard.




However, he said if the new varieties were to be a commercial success, more growers needed to take them up.



"I think once we can get more growers involved and growing them, we can go and see all the major supermarkets in Australia and come to them with a program for the whole mango season. It will be very good," Mr Byllaardt said.






"We have had the major supermarkets here and they are really encouraging us and they love the fruit. We just need to get more people to grow it.



"We are going to plant some in Darwin, there are already some in Kununurra, there is some down in Mildura, up in Cairns they will be growing and also in Mundubbera."















He said the Lady Grace mango was a "rounded, good looking fruit with a very red blush on it".
"It is a very heavy producer and a small tree, which means you can get more trees to the hectare,"   he said.






"The Lady Jane is very similar skin texture and colour. It has a slightly finer-textured flesh and the seed is smaller than most mangoes."







PHOTO: A ripe Lady Jane mango at Sevenfields' orchard. (ABC Rural: Daniel Fitzgerald)








Mr Byllaardt said the Lady Jane and Lady Grace varieties had proved popular with growers overseas.





"The overseas potential is huge," he said.




"We have plantings in Spain that have been there for five years, we have had plantings in South Africa now for 18 months.



"Europe is demanding a small piece of fruit, so I think Lady Grace and Lady Jane are going to fit exactly what their requirements are."



Mr Byllaardt said introducing a new mango variety into the market would be difficult.







"It is hard to change people's mindset, but I'm sure when they taste them they will be just as impressed with our varieties as with the Kensington Pride," he said.





Fruit from early flowering Lady Jane trees has been sent to wholesalers to test market reaction.




"The next step, when we get enough commercial fruit available, is to work with our partners in the supermarkets and develop a strategy of how we are to promote this new variety,"  Mr Byllaardt said.


















http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-10-20/lady-jane-and-lady-grace-mango-varieties/6868446






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