Mango, the king of tropical fruits, was in full glory again today on the second day of the 23rd Annual International Mango Festival, at Fairchild Tropical Garden. One of the highlights of the event was the MANGO AUCTION, the world’s only such auction. Each variety of the tasty fruit was sold a few to a plate: from 4 to 8, depending on the size. While I was there, the highest price went for a plate of “Bombay” mangos from Jamaica. The winning bidder got it for $275, along with a clapping ovation! I spoke to him a while later, while we were both outside perusing a cooking gadget, and he told me he was very excited with his purchase. All proceeds are to support the work of Fairchild Tropical Garden.
According to the mango experts at Fairchild, the Bombay mango most likely originated from seeds brought to Jamaica from India. The fruit is similar in shape, taste and habit to the “Paheri” of India and “Pirie” or “Pairi” recognized in other Caribbean & mango-producing areas. The flavor is rich and spicy, reminiscent of the finest Indian dessert types. The trees bear only a few fruit each year due to their susceptibility to diseases. In local Caribbean markets they can fetch high prices since they are scarce. Congratulations to winning Bidder #14!