The Francis mango from Haiti has a special place in my heart. My very first job in the produce industry was unloading a truckload of watermelons by hand, and at the end of a long, hard day, my new employers gave me a case of organic Haitian Francis mangoes to take home and enjoy. Not only did I enjoy that case of mangoes (my first mango ever,) but also I fell in love – with mangoes, with organics and with my new job in the produce industry.
Now, 20 years later, I finally had the opportunity to visit Francis mangoes at the source in Haiti. In May of 2010 a team of partners from Whole Foods Market, Tropic Trade LLC, and TransFair USA traveled to Haiti to meet our growers, field agent and exporter face to face. The mango export season is coming late to Haiti this year, due to drought and other complications. We’re very excited that our first containers are beginning to arrive in stores! If you don’t already know the Francis mango, (AKA Francique or Fransik) it’s known for its light green skin and kidney shape, turning a deep yellow as it ripens. The Francis is known for its low fiber, richly flavored flesh.
Don’t miss this opportunity to support Haiti’s development of a sustainable industry – it’s as simple as enjoying a Francis mango from Whole Foods!