The European press has revealed that the British Royal Family purchases mangoes from the Dominican town of Bani in the Brixton Market, in London.
Press reports indicate that the mangoes are a favorite of Prince Charles and his wife Camilla, who once purchased them by chance at the popular market but, after tasting the exotic fruit, they continued to purchase the mangoes grown in this quiet Dominican southwest region town.
Mango season in Bani begins in late May, just weeks before the long hot Dominican summer begins.
During the first few days of June thousands of visitors from different parts of the country and abroad visit the city to enjoy the fast-growing Mango Fair. This tasty fruit is not only a top favorite among Dominicans, but also among Europeans and North Americans.
The Mango Route is one of the most important symbols of the province, a route that is easily identified by the huge billboards that are placed along local roads to encourage visitors to stop at important mango locations and rest areas.
Mangoes for the World
It is now a known fact that mangoes from this seaside town are now found in many countries throughout the world. Last year alone the D.R. exported 2.5 million boxes of mangoes, primarily from the town of Bani, an active agricultural community that is home to the most popular variety of mangoes sold in and out of the country.
Mango growers are currently in the process of identifying the specific DNA of the top seven varieties of mangoes from Bani, in order to improve production.
Just a few years ago there were some 500 hectares of land dedicated to mango production.
Today, there are approximately 4,000 hectares planted with this rich and tasty fruit.
Excellent Healthy Qualities
The scientific name of the mango is Mangifera.
Originally from southern Asia, the mango trees were brought to the town of Bani by the Cabral family more than a century ago.
The tree is strong and very tolerant to difficult climate conditions, and can sometimes reach heights of 25 to 30 meters.
The pulp of the mango is widely used to make deserts, jam, juice, ice cream, hair products and even skin moisturizers. It is also rich in potassium and magnesium, and is a natural diuretic. The mango also helps prevent anemia.
Roadside Mango Stands
A truly beautiful scene are the many roadside mango stands that offer visitors a wide variety of yellow, ocre and red mangoes, at incredible prices.