The King of Fruits is battling a foreign invader. Whose side are you on?

August 12, 2010

Scooped and sliced or served cut “inside-out”, mixed into salsas or smoothies, served in ice cream or fresh off of the tree, mangos are a tasty Florida treasure.

Mango Tree

Mango trees are a popular choice for backyard fruit trees in Florida.

Mangos are grown commercially in Florida in Miami-Dade, Lee and Palm Beach counties, but the fruit trees are a common sight in backyards of south Florida residents. Tall evergreen trees provide this flavorful fruit that just beckons you to slice one open over the sink and enjoy. Mangos are called the “king of fruits” for a reason. However, this year some communities in Florida aren’t able to enjoy their mangos like in years past.

This summer marks a battle between the federal and state plant regulatory agencies and the Mediterranean fruit fly, which attacks over 260 host plants in Florida, including our king of fruits, the mango. Representatives from the USDA and the state Division of Plant Industry have been working tirelessly to eradicate wild Mediterranean fruit flies discovered this past June.

The Medfly lays its eggs inside host fruits, ruining and rotting the fruit, and can infest trees to the point that edible fruit isn’t an option. Fortunately, our efforts are proving successful so far, and mangos will hopefully be able to remain “king” in Florida. 

We need your help to keep this pest from ruining your mangos and other fruits and veggies under attack from the Medfly. You can help by cooperating with our representatives responding to the Medfly outbreak in Palm Beach County. You can help by not moving fruit off of your property if you live inside the regulated area. You can also help by staying in contact with us with your questions, concerns or information about Medfly. You can reach our Fruit Fly Helpline at 888-397-1517.

We want you to be able to enjoy your mangos every year. Help us help you.

You can find more information on our Web site at http://www.fl-dpi.com.

Since we know you love mangos so much, here are a few recipes to try from our Fresh from Florida chef:
Mango Kugel
Tropical Mango Sorbet
Fresh Strawberry-Mango Milkshake
Mango Enchilada
Mango Upside-Down Cake
Mucho Mango Bread Pudding
Mango Pancakes
Also try these kid-friendly recipes:
Fruit Muffins
Avocado Mango Salsa

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