WARWICK MANGOES: Fresh, sweet and $15 a tray
FOR the Catanzaro family, mangoes run in their blood.
Hailing from North Queensland, on a small property 30km south Townsville, their mango growing, picking and selling business is a family affair.
"It's my uncle's property where we grow the mangoes,” Mr Catanzaro said.
"But they're my father's mango trees.
"I've just picked all this lot; you can see the sap on my hands, and it took two days to pick five tonne of mangoes.
"And my daughter is helping me sell them today.”
The pair are selling their mangoes outside Aquabird Pet Centre on Albion St, and said the mango market in Warwick was what brought them to town.
"Up north, they're everywhere,” Mr Catanzaro said.
"So you're not going to sell them locally.
"But come to here, you haven't tasted a good mango that's been picked off the farm, picked maturely.
"I wanted to bring that product here.”
And it's no easy effort bringing their unique produce to Queensland's south.
"We left about four in the morning to get here at 8.30 at night,” he said.
"We'll be here right through until New Year, but it depends on how much we sell.
"When we sell out, we'll go back home.”
Unlike mangoes found on major supermarket shelves, Mr Catanzaro's mangoes are a bright green and not yet completely ripe.
"I want to help the industry as well, and tell people about what mangoes can really be like and taste,” he said.
"These mangoes ripen off the tree, and not with gas like those bright orange mangoes on shelves.
"When you let them ripen naturally, it lets the natural sugars be absorbed into the flesh, and makes for a sweeter mango.”
The Catanzaro mangoes are currently selling for $15 a tray, and the family will be set up to sell the fruit from early to 5pm each evening.
"We can sell them for $15 a tray because we don't have to go through the markets,” Mr Catanzaro said.
"You guys get value for money, and the effort we put in to growing and selling them makes it worth it.”
Where to find them
Aquabaird Pet Centre, 25 Albion St, Warwick