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AUSTRALIA LOOKS FOR NEW CULTIVARS TO EXTEND MANGO SEASON

Maroon mango from South Africa could add extra month to Australia's mango season


ABC Rural By Marty McCarthy and Jonathan Hair

Updated yesterday at 7:20pm


PHOTO: The first crop of princess mangoes in Australia is about to be harvested on the Sunshine Coast. (ABC News: Jonathan Hair)


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A Queensland farmer is growing a new breed of mango he hopes could extend Australia's mango season by an extra month, meaning consumers would have access to the fruit for nine months of the year.

But there is something else that makes this mango unique — the colour of its skin, which is a deep shade of maroon.

"Its main attribute is it is bright maroon. It's a very unique colour," grower Gavin Scurr, from Wamuran, north of Brisbane, said.

"They are a similar size and shape to Kensington Prides, however externally they are purple rath…