Fera and Ashley Ristano with a 2kg mango on their backyard tree in Smithfield. PICTURE: STEWART MCLEAN
Fera and Ashley Ristano with a 2kg mango on their backyard tree in Smithfield. PICTURE: STEWART MCLEAN

Beat this! Monster mango challenge

A CAIRNS couple has thrown down the gauntlet to anyone who can beat their contender for the Far North's largest mango.

Ashley and Fera Ristano have had success with giant fruit before, toppling Mareeba growers Matt and Jess Fealy's 1.5kg contender with a 1.7kg R2E2 specimen in 2015.

Now they have a new freak of nature - a whopping 2kg monster mango hanging from the tree like an oversized Christmas bauble.

"It's just thriving in the heat, I don't know what's causing our mangoes to grow so big," Mrs Ristano said.

"I'd like to see if anyone can beat it - I went looking for records and found the world record for biggest mango which is over 3kg but I haven't found a result for Australia yet.

"We have no idea when it'll ripen, it's taking a long time, but if it survives and grows to completion, we'll take it off the tree, cut it up and have a feast."



Artists share the story behind their favourite pieces

premium_icon Artists share the story behind their favourite pieces

Inspiration sourced from a range of peculiar circumstances.

JOBS JOBS JOBS: 22 jobs available around Warwick

JOBS JOBS JOBS: 22 jobs available around Warwick

No matter where your skills lie, there's something for you right now

Hand bells used to alert students as blaze cuts alarm

premium_icon Hand bells used to alert students as blaze cuts alarm

Students left in tears as fire rips through school