A walk around the tropical mango farms in Kenya leads into a bright world of lightened brows and infectious smiles on the faces of mango farmers, the key producers of mangos from Kenya. They are proud and busy, readying for what is to come in the next few weeks. The quiet small towns which were somewhat desolate just the other day, are now full of vibrant life. And as Kenya’s mango growers and exporters like Selina Wamucii prepare to send the golden fruit to markets around the world, it’s clear that the mango farms carry good tidings for all. Yes, it is mango season in Kenya and everyone is invited! The country is also known for the popular Kenya avocados.
The month of November ushers in the main harvesting season for mangos in Kenya though different varieties have distinctharvesting seasons. For instance, the period between November and January is the harvesting season for Ngowe and Apple varieties, while January to early March marks the harvesting season for Vandyke, Sabine and Haden. Besides the common varieties such as Ngowe and Apple, the country also produces Tommy atkins, Kent and Keitt.
Global demand for Kenyan mangos is on the rise thanks to high quality and the steady expansion witnessed in Kenya’s mango sector. When you add Mother Nature’s amazing gift of placing Kenya along the tropics, the result is a ‘magical’ geographical advantage that provides sufficient nourishing ground for commercial mango farming in the East African nation.
Farmers here are happy to get down ‘dirty’ in the farms, knowingly looking forward to the harvest season when their hard work is guaranteed to translate into that special sweet reward of seeing their ripe mango fruits being loaded onto tracks.
Every mango picked becomes part of a significant chain that creates a gratifying bond between the farmer and the end consumer who will enjoy the fruit miles away, in Kenya or abroad. It’s this connection that motivates the farmers to go back again, to carefully tend to the mango tree – for tomorrow is another day to pick one more amazing mango and hand it to the world. Everyone wins.
Mango lovers around the world will once more receive news of the new season with a familiar touch of excitement, aware that Kenya mangos are usually left to ripen naturally. Farmers, instead of taking the easy way out, spend the entire harvest season wrapping each mango as they dangle up on trees, a clever way of disappointing rodents which would otherwise have a feast. This is just a hint of the level of resolute commitment that goes into the dawn-to-dusk routine of ensuring that mangos from Kenya retain the real value as it were. The process might be taxing, but it’s the main reason Kenyan mangos are delicious and nutritious.
For mango distributors and retailers keen to buy mangos from Kenya, this is certainly the right moment as the big season opens. Kenyan mangos are known to be organic, their sizes gigantic and shapes unique. The taste is sweet, the aroma great. The colors are distinct, very attractive.