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Support Haiti with Mangoes

By Karen Christensen, June 20, 2010  |  Meet the Blogger  |  More Posts by Karen Christensen
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!
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Shelly says ...
I'll definitely be on the lookout for these mangoes! I love fresh mangoes anyway, and I think they're fantastic in smoothies with a banana and maybe a big fistful of dandelion greens and some orange juice. And of course Haiti could definitely use the support. Thanks for sharing!
06/21/2010 7:25:21 AM CDT
Diana says ...
fransisque mango is my fav. let's bring them in to the usa cause i am sick of those stringy mexican ones.
06/21/2010 7:05:54 PM CDT
Priya says ...
Don't forget to also try the Odwalla Haiti Hope Mango Lime-Aid that is supporting the Haiti aid effort from Odwalla and the Inter-American Development Bank! The project will be implemented by TechnoServe...read more about it at www.technoserve.org!
06/22/2010 12:27:58 PM CDT
erika says ...
I had just heard a story on the WBUR's public radio program, "This American Life" about the Haiti Mangos and the challenges to bring them to market. Then voila! we have them in our stores. Another reason to be proud to work at Whole Foods Market. The radio episode is called "Island Time", it was originally broadcast on 5-21-10 and is now available to listen to on their website.
06/23/2010 2:33:28 PM CDT
cooking4carnivores says ...
i will do my part with an awesome adult mango beverage! for my beach trip in a blender check this out - http://www.cooking4carnivores.com/2009/08/beach-trip-in-blender.html
06/23/2010 2:49:18 PM CDT
Tyra says ...
I will look out for these Mangoes.
06/23/2010 8:01:25 PM CDT
Jonathan Steffy says ...
Buying Haitian Mangos is not simply a feel good purchase - it is a TASTE good purchase! The rich, spicy, sweet flavor has a interesting caramel-popcorn aftertaste - mmm! You've got to try them for both reasons.
06/24/2010 8:46:30 PM CDT
BobS says ...
Planning to stop at the Portland store on my next camping trip. You can bet that I will be checking out the produce department!
06/28/2010 6:44:34 PM CDT
Angelique says ...
Great story! Go Whole Foods and Haiti!!!
06/30/2010 6:49:54 PM CDT
Dawn says ...
My son LOVES mangos and he is going to SQUEAL with delight when he finds out that the delicious fruit he's slurping up is from his own country, Haiti! Thank you for this story, your mission and for helping some very dear human beings who mean the world to us...I will definitely pass this on!
06/30/2010 9:21:19 PM CDT
Teresa Sendra-Anagnost says ...
I had not idea Haiti was so completely deforested. How sad. I will keep an eye out for these mangoes.
06/30/2010 9:33:21 PM CDT
Ben says ...
While I support this particular effort, even such fair trade/sustainable industry endeavors as this one in Haiti must be weighed thoughtfully against the issue of transglobal "food miles"-- our modern international commerce is a huge source of unsustainable carbon emissions. Apples and kiwi fruit from New Zealand and apricots from Turkey year round have left us complacent about our impact on the planet. Haiti, of course, is the Third World in our back yard-- and we are not without complicity in its creation as such; therefore, such purchases will likely do more good than harm. But it's worth noting that our present international food industry is not sustainable. Bring down your food miles: buy local. CSAs, farmers' markets, community gardens and food forest permaculture are several answers.
06/30/2010 10:51:00 PM CDT
Andrea says ...
The picture in the email looks like what is called an "Ataulfa Mango" at my Whole Foods. What's the difference? I do love those Ataulfa mangoes...
07/01/2010 7:13:04 AM CDT
paig292 says ...
@ Andrea The mango pictured in our email newsletter is indeed a Francis mango. Both Ataulfo and Francis are yellow mangoes and similar in shape (and delicious!), but they are different varieties. Our Ataulfo mangoes are sourced from Mexico; they have a smooth flesh, a small pit & little to no stringy fibers. Our Francis mangoes are sourced from Haiti; they are known for their rich, sweet flavor.
07/02/2010 1:39:27 PM CDT
Andrea says ...
Thanks, Paige. I'll look for these Francis mangoes.
07/07/2010 7:56:06 AM CDT
Music News says ...
Your article is truly a bundle of good information. I think your points are very sound. Thank you for your input into this subject matter.
05/13/2011 10:45:02 AM CDT
Alexandria says ...
Listen. If you want Mang Fransik (as we say in our Haitian home) find a 1st generation Haitian. They are 90% likely to have the mango growing in their back yard. I'm originally from Florida born to Haitian parents and now live in Baltimore and I refused to miss out on the mango's. I came back to Baltimore with a satchel full, shared one with a co-worker and now taking orders for the next trip home!! LOL. THAT is how DELICIOUSLY GOOD they are. For you in-land people...get on it while you can.
05/21/2013 3:23:57 PM CDT