The mango, despite its simple appearance, is a fruit with great diversity, whether in flavors, sizes, or species.
Around 300 types of mangoes are marketed in the country alone, among the most common and consumed are Banilejo, Crema de oro, Mingolo, Hardin, Tommy Atkins, Keitt, and others.
Of this wide range of species, 60% of the Keitt mango, 32% of the Mingolo and 8% of the other varieties are exported to Europe, while 95% of the Mingolo and 95% of the Mingolo mango are exported to the United States (USA). 5% of other variants.
During a visit to the Listín Diario by German Báez Durán, president of the Association of Mango Producers; Rafael Leger, president of the mango cluster; Gisela Taveras, executive director of the mango fair; Julio de Oleo, Promango technician, Rafael Soto, provincial director of the Ministry of Agriculture; Channy Castillo Villar, Queen of Peravia Mango, talked about how the country has been climbing in relation to exports.
They said that before, Haiti exported more than two million boxes, but due to its current situation, this number has decreased. In the case of the Dominican Republic, the tons sent out of the country have increased.
Last year, 30,800 tons of mangoes were sent to Europe, and 8,550 to the United States, placing the country as the sixth “largest” supplier in the last year. According to what was reported by the commission, “we are close to moving up to fifth place.”
They also reported that the main areas where mangos are produced in the country are San Cristóbal, Peravia, Azua and San Juan de la Maguana, including Bahoruco (Neiba) and Barahona, equivalent to 85% of the total production area.
Being the Banilejo or Mameyito mango one of the most consumed locally, but due to its small size its presence in the international market has been difficult. It was even nominated as one of the best mangoes during an international symposium, along with the gold cream mango and the Mingolo, but due to its weight it is more difficult to export.
They also stated that in the Dominican culture “mango is consumed a lot”, so much so that the consumption of bananas, bananas, and fruits such as milky ones can decrease, but mango is always in high demand. The prices of this fruit vary according to the season, the size and the type of mango, in addition, it may depend on whether they are purchased in a market, supermarket or other place.