At present, 6,800 hectares of land in Tainan are dedicated to growing mangoes, and the region exports about 900 metric tons of the fruit to Japan and 600 metric tons to South Korea every year.
Mangoes were introduced to Taiwan in 1562 and their first home was near Lioujia Township, Tainan County.
After many years of developments and introduction of new types of mangoes through the Japanese occupation/colonial era and Taiwan Retrocession, a large variety of mangoes are grown in Tainan with more being studied and developed near the county.
In addition of the domestically famous Irwin, Chiin Hwang, Local (土芒果), there's Keitt, Kent (肯特), Haden and Tainung No.1 and 2 and other types available. Tainan County has become the biggest mango-producing place in Taiwan with over 1 hundred thousand ton per year.
With exceptional qualities these mangoes have been exported overseas to places like Hong Kong, Singapore, and other Southeastern places. The most demanding consumers in Japan have been highly satisfied with these mangoes and they've been selling at good prices in Japan with demands climbing year after year.
Thanks to the continual research and development, the flesh of the mangoes in Tainan County has become sweeter and more delicious year after year and these wonderful delicacies can be stored for longer periods of time without going over-ripen too soon, which means there's more time for the consumers to save these mangoes. The stable and strong quality of these delightful treats make them one of the "must have during travels" produce in Taiwan
Mangoes favor seasons with high temperature and high humidity. They blossom in spring and the fruits are ready by June and July. The structure of the tree is tough and high tensile strength and they are often planted at the sides of roads for aesthetic as well as wind-blocking purposes. In places like Yujing Township, Tainan County, there are many green tunnels formed with mango trees. One of the favorite past time during harvesting season for people is to take long bamboo sticks and try to poke at the fruits, make them fall off the trees and take them home.
For this summer, why not give Tainan County a go? You'll certainly enjoy some gorgeously sweet, natural and healthy treats and bathe yourself in the tropical atmosphere.
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