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AUSTRALIA : Top End farmer needs help naming new mango variety

ABC Rural 

Peta Doherty

Posted yesterday at 12:43pm

A Top End mango grower has developed a new variety and is looking for some help naming it.

In his orchard south of Darwin, Leo Skliros has previously bred the Malibu, which was a mango with a slight coconut flavour.

00:00 AUDIO: Darwin mango grower Leo Skliros says his new fruit is farmer friendly (ABC Rural)

He said his latest specimen
also had "fragrant flavours" by chance.

"It's not really what we were trying to design but what we received," he said.

"It's one that just came up by itself and we liked the look of it and the taste of it, and so we are seeing how it goes out there in the public."

A cross between an Irwin and a Kent or Haden mango, Skliros Produce decided to keep propagating the cross-breed because of its consumer-friendly colour and grower-friendly qualities.

"What we are looking at with this one is just its attributes," Mr. Skliros said.


"It's a very heavy-bearing tree and it also produces a lot of fruit at a very uniform size," he said.

Its deep coppery-red, golden and orange tones led to it originally being nicknamed "Nick's Nuggets".

The search is now on to find an official name before registering it as a new variety.

"We're tossing around a few ideas," Mr. Skliros said.

"One [idea] because of its golden colour is Gold Rush, others we are liking are Carnival and Rio.

"Maybe the [Country Hour] listeners can come up with a few other ideas."

Mr Skliros' new tropical treat is the latest offering from a growing number of Top End horticulturists who are experimenting and registering new mango varieties.

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

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


"When you do get a variety that you can patent and say it is yours, you can sell it off to other people and of course, grow it yourself if it is a more profitable fruit.

"There's a window of profitability for each region," Mr Skliros said.

With that in mind, Mr Skliros said his farm was ramping up production of the Malibu mango, but hopes to sell the new variety, which is a late bearer, to Queensland or Katherine farmers.

"When we run late in Darwin it clashes with the wet season and the fruit is not as good as it is earlier in the season."

He said his latest mango's peak production time fell between the Katherine and Queensland seasons.

Mr Skliros said he planned to have Malibu mangoes available to consumers in large quantities within three to four years.

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