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Hurry! Whole Trade® Mangoes from Haiti are Here

By Megan Myers, May 4, 2012  |  Meet the Blogger  |  More Posts by Megan Myers

We’re excited to announce that Whole Trade® Francique mangoes are in season and in stores!

Only available for a short time each year, Francique mangoes are unique to Haiti and are deliciously plump and juicy. When ripe, they’re soft with an orange or gold freckled skin and they have a smooth, rich flesh with a distinctly tropical flavor.

Whole Foods Market® is the sole buyer of organic and Fair Trade Certified mangoes from Haitian growers, sometimes buying from a family with just one tree.

The Whole Trade Guarantee ensures growers receive equitable pay — a key point since this mango crop is a major source of income for many of these families. Our partners at Perry Exports have helped Haitian mango farmers organize into cooperatives so the farmers can sell their fruit more directly. Through these groups, we are able to make fixed price and minimum volume commitments before the season, so farmers know they’ll have a market for their fruit.

Our upfront offer gives farmers the confidence to reject the below-market prices from informal traders who are an unfortunate reality for most Haitian mango farmers. These farmer groups have achieved Fair Trade certification, which ensures that they are managed transparently and that our higher purchase price makes it all the way back to the farmers.  Many groups have also achieved organic certification. While all of our Whole Trade Haitian mangoes are Fair Trade Certified, only some are also organic.

The great news is that more and more farmers are joining the co-ops and additional co-ops are forming and getting certified Fair Trade and organic.

We’re proud to be able to work with these farmers and bring the unique Francique mango to you. What’s your favorite way to enjoy mango?

Category: Produce

 

15 Comments

Comments

Arlene says ...
I am so glad that whole foods is doing this and I get the pleasure of eating my favorite food! They are good this year!
05/04/2012 8:11:16 PM CDT
CVJ says ...
I am from the Caribbean and I grew up eating mangoes as is. That is, I peel the skin and enjoy. That is still my favorite way to enjoy a mango. I love all kinds of mangoes but getting nice sweet mangoes in the US is sometimes a challenge. These mangoes are the best!! I was in one of your store on Friday and when I saw these mangoes I was like a kid in a candy store. My mom would be shocked to know what I spend at Whole Food for a mango but these mangoes are dilicious and I do it for a good cause. One of the reasons I shop at Whole Food is the committment to underdeveloped countries. I also love adding frozen mangoes to smoothies.
05/06/2012 11:00:43 AM CDT
Tiffany says ...
My husband and I spent a week in Haiti last summer and had our first taste of Haitian mangoes at the guesthouse where we stayed. We were ecstatic to come across these mangoes in store last Saturday. They're just different than the other mangoes we normally find in American markets.
05/07/2012 8:59:00 AM CDT
Gerri says ...
I just got back from Haiti on Saturday and was sad to not have any more of their delicious mangos till next year's trip. Can't wait to get to the stor to buy a bunch. Such a boon to the struggling people as well.
05/09/2012 2:47:38 PM CDT
Holli says ...
I used to live in NYC and I used to buy Haitian mangos in an Indian outdoor market in Queens. Since moving from NYC to a smaller city, I searched in vain for Haitian mangos (not realizing that normal chain grocery stores outside of NYC didn't carry them..lol) Imagine my surprise when I walked into the newly opened Whole Foods in my neighborhood tonight and saw them sitting in the middle of the produce area! I was ecstatic!! THANK YOU WHOLE FOODS!! I am the happiest girl in the world tonight!! :)
05/09/2012 6:58:53 PM CDT
Gerard says ...
I live in Florida about 4 hours away from the closest Whole Food Market. I called the store and talked to the produce manager, very nice and friendly. I cannot wait to be there on Saturday and purchase my favorite fruit in the world. I love to eat them "nature". Thank you for what you do to help my native country men and women. This is an awesome program.
05/09/2012 7:07:32 PM CDT
M says ...
I enjoy mangoes green and ripe. When I went to your store last April, I got lucky to buy unripe mangoes...and I was in heaven! Miss those sour, crunchy mangoes from back home!!! Am still looking for some right now, but you have them all ripe now. Haiti mangoes or the champagne mangoes are fine....
05/10/2012 8:55:47 AM CDT
Beth says ...
I love mangoes for breakfast and they make wonderful smoothies. I am heading to Whole Foods this morning and will make a beeline for those yummy mangoes.
05/11/2012 7:40:44 AM CDT
Katie says ...
I found this post trying to figure out when my favorite mangoes (which I just discovered last year) would be in season again for 2013. I'm excited, still, but a little less so when I think about the fact that there are some families who can't afford to eat the mangoes off the one and only tree they have. I remember being in El Salvador and learning that the lady who cooked us 5-star-level meals for breakfast, lunch, and dinner fed her own grandchildren and husband cheap, bready sandwiches every day. I remember learning that people in the mountains of Bolivia nowadays tend to sell all the alpaca wool sweaters they knit to the first world and face the Andean mountain cold in polyester ones that make their way to Bolivia second-hand. I'll still be buying Francique mangoes this spring, but after reading this post, I do feel more educated about global trade. I think buying Francique mangoes will be a bit bittersweet to me now. I will think about the families who can't enjoy any of the gift they give the world in exchange for money. I will keep them in my prayers and hope that they get ahead and are able to provide their children all the dreams they are striving for (and maybe some fresh mangoes to boot).
12/10/2012 9:19:21 AM CST
Kevin says ...
I used to eat Haitian mangoes by the case in the 90's then they stopped coming in. Those are the best mangoes by far and are not in any way similar in flavor or texture to those horrible "Manila mangoes" from Mexico. Please keep bringing them in as I try to buy all I can find every May. It is worth it to notify customers with a little sign that the Haitian mangoes are coming.
02/18/2013 11:37:37 AM CST
Rose F Gesner says ...
I would like to buy some fransique haitian mangos
07/01/2013 12:25:40 AM CDT
Rose F Gesner says ...
I love eating Haitian mangoes, they have the best mangoes in the whole world. The mangoes are so sweet. Nothing like the mangoes in the U.S. I am pregnant and I am graving for some mango fransique. The are my favorite. I wish I can order some today.
07/01/2013 12:31:38 AM CDT
Chadrack Merilan aka Chad says ...
Hello, I am a Haitian American, who left Haiti back in 1990 and I never went back. However, this year I decided to take a trip to visit the country and see some relatives. I took that trip in July, and was just amazed with the country, the people, the way of life and how much they are doing to get by each and every day. I was wondering if you ever consider carrying any other Haitian produce, like avocados, and other type of mangoes etc... and if there is a way to help with basic utilities, say wind power... thank you for suporting those farmers, their families and my birth country, thank you a million times Whole Foods :)
08/20/2013 8:53:23 PM CDT
Marie says ...
I would like to have a case or to buy a tree of FRANCIQUE MANGOES
09/08/2013 5:25:39 PM CDT
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@MARIE - If you would like to special order a case, check with your local store to see if they have this in stock!
09/09/2013 12:41:02 PM CDT