February 22, 2016
Yes, your eyes don’t deceive. BC Brussels Sprouts!
We’ll start off talking about Mangos. This new load we just got in are stunning – and being fruit harvested later in the season it is higher in colour and higher in sugar. This year was tough for our Peruvian growers because of El Nino, and the reason why is different than you might expect. When winters are warmer (and their winter was 6 months ago and very warm), a lot more flowers bloom and stay in bloom longer – those are flowering plants that dot the countryside, on the ground. Mango trees in that area are huge – 20M high, and with so many flowers on the ground, bees don’t bother going all the way up to the mango flowers at the top of the trees (and mangos are less appealing as a pollen source as well). Bottom line is there is less fruit, especially higher up in the trees. But with the extra moisture from El Nino over the last six months (their spring and summer), there is more water for developing mangos. More water and less fruit = bigger sizing, which means that we have once again ended up with a large percentage of this shipment that arrived mid-week in the 7 and 8 count range. They had lots of bigger fruit than that, but the demand for the biggest fruit is very high, and fetches a much higher price in Japan, so the 5’s and 6’s have gone overseas for a bigger buck for the growers. You will see a substantial price correction today on the larger counts.