We had a full mango season in 2013 from India. We were able to
bring all top varieties of mangoes from India, except Neelam!! Mango
from Pakistan could not make it to the US due to the costing of the
supply chain. In all, we had a mixed season, mostly due to premature
Following is an update on the 2013 season.
Devgad Alphonso: Flowering
was good. The first crop was ready in Jan/Feb 2013. We however got our
fruit from the second flowering which was ready in April 2013. The US
inspector started his work later than expected so we lost our
scheduled volume from Devgad. Consequently, we could get only a limited supply of
the Devgad Alphonso.
Ratnagiri Alphonso: Flowering was
good. The first crop was ready in Feb/Mar 2013. There was some concern about
presence of cripps (insects), but was managable. Our fruit came from
the second flowering which was ready in April/May 2013. We added an
organic orchard in 2013- the size of the organic fruit was smaller as
it does not get the artifical boost. The organic fruit was extra
sensitive and flavorful. Some of the best Alphonso we tasted
was from the organic orchard. However, the rate of rejection of the fruit
was high. This was our first experience with the organic alphonso and we
learnt a lot about the nature of the fruit. We will be taking extra steps
in 2014 to handle Alphonso from Organic Orchards.
Kesar: Flowering was
normal- lesser than 2012. The first crop came in May 2013. The crop was
excellent. Except for few fruits which matured quickly, majority of the Kesars
were top quality and they held well. The weather in the Kesar belt was very good so
the fruit was fine. The US inspector in India also appreciated the quality of our
Kesar and gave it high marks. We will be getting fruit from these orchards again in
was normal. The first fruit came in May 2013. However we got limited shipments of Banganpalli
this season- early rains affected the fruit quality in later shipments. The season was also
cut abruptly cut short due to the rains. We need to add more orchards of Banganpalli in diverse
regions to insulate ourselves from weather in 2014.
Rasalu: We got a
limited quantity of Rasalu based on the advance orders that we
received. Demand was high however the unseasonal pre-season hail affected the
crop. The crop in Nuzvid was a complete washout. We could only get
1/3rd of the planned crop. We divided it equally among those who had
ordered it. Most were disappointed and were left clamoring for more.
We will be adding more orchards in 2014. This was the only Rasalu that
made it to the USA in 2013.
Imam Pasand (Himayat): We
got a limited quantity of Himayat based on advance orders. Some
appreciated the fruit greatly. The fruit becomes soft when ripe- something
which took getting used to. Overall, the response to Himayat was great. We will be
adding more orchards for Himayat in 2014 for export to the USA.
Neelam: We were unable
to get any Neelam despite herculean efforts. We will be making a
renewed effort in 2014.
Mancurad: Most sought
after mango in Goa (yes, more than Alphonso!!) and our shipments proved why. Mancurad
has a unique flavor- we got a limited quantity based on advance orders. The quality
and the response was well appreciated. We hope to increase this volume in 2013.
Dussehri: We received
an excellent shipment of Dussehri. Rains came in early in 2013 as the
monsoon was 2 weeks early. This created havoc with later Dussehri
shipments. We did get all the planned shipments, but had difficult quality
issues in the last shipment. This was our first brush with weather ravaged Dussehri
in 6-years and that sent us un a tailspin. We will be handling this very carefully in 2014.
scarcity and high demand for Langra characterized the 2013 Langra
Season. End-season rains affected quality at the end of the season.
This was the only Langra that made it to the US in 2013.
Chausa: Our Chausa in
2013 was again pre-season. Unseasonal rains caused it to swell and
then shrink pre-maturely. The flavor was great but it was nowhere
near the peak we had expected. This was the only Chausa that made it
to the USA in 2013.