A combination of cooler than usual evenings followed by warm days has brought the Ecuador mango season start date up by about a month.
In an article published in a local Spanish newspaper in Guayaquil, Ecuador, Fundacion Ecuador announced that the 5500 hectares that are grown for commercial export will begin in September this year.
The South American country expects to export roughly 13 million (4kg) carton on par with last seasons total of which over 90% is destined for the USA marketplace.
Ecuador mangoes are shipped primarily to the USA west coast and compliment Brazilian mangoes that are shipped to the USA east coast and fill a window from September through December as Mexican mango production winds down and does not start back up again in earnest until March through September every year.
Mango production by cultivar lasts approximately 8 weeks and Brazil and Ecuador ship predominantly TOMMY ATKINS cultivar.
Ecuador has taken the initiative and has diversified into better tasting cultivars such as NAM DOC MAI and ATAULFO mangoes.