About Mr KP Kensington Pride Mangoes BSM
First launched as a trade brand in 2014, Mr KP Mangoes are fast becoming an icon of the Australian fruit bowl. Family owned and grown just south of Darwin in the Northern Territory, the location and growing conditions mean Mr KP Mangoes can reach their Kensington Pride mango-y perfection from as early as August. It’s this early availability, combined with the freshness, flavour and consistently high quality of Mr KP Mangoes, which truly sets them apart.
Mr KP Mangoes are currently grown across ten locations in the Berry Springs region as a joint venture between Red Rich Fruits, Berry Creek Orchards and Berry Creek Packing Company. The orchards consist of more than 26,000 trees producing over 300,000 trays of high quality mangoes each year. Our development and implementation of industry-leading systems of orchard and supply chain management ensures that Mr KP Mangoes are consistently of the highest quality that provides an exceptional taste experience.
From our trees to your table — we hope you’ll love them just as much as we do!
He’s perfectly mango-y, juicy and fun, he’s Australia’s ﬁrst mango in more ways than one…
He’s the first taste of summer
Summer means mangoes but did you know that the Australian mango season can begin as early as August? The early arrival of our Kensington Prides, up to a month earlier than other Aussie mangoes, means that, for many, Mr KP Mangoes are the ﬁrst taste of summer.
He’s Australia’s #1 favourite mango
With his yellow-orange blushed skin, rich juicy ﬂesh and unique mango aroma and ﬂavour, it’s no wonder the Kensington Pride is Australia’s #1 most popular mango variety — accounting for over 65% of commercially grown mango varieties in Australia.
He was first discovered in Australia
The ﬁrst Kensington Pride tree was found growing in Bowen, Queensland, in the 1960s but is thought to have originated from a seed which arrived on a shipping line from India.
Kensington Pride trees grow fast and typically reach 7–8m in height within three years of planting. They prefer dry tropical temperatures but require a period of cooler weather to bring on the flower. Conditions in the Berry Springs region are perfect for growing Mr KP Mangoes. Overnight temperatures drop as low as 5˚C in the cooler months of June and July which bring on early flowering. However, temperatures in August and September average around 37˚C to add just the right amount of colour and sweetness.
Harvesting of Mr KP Mangoes can begin as early as August before reaching its peak in September. Mangoes are quick to ripen, so the fruit is harvested while its still green to ensure mango perfection once it reaches the fruit bowl.
The fruit is then sorted according to rigorous quality standards, labelled to enable traceability, and packed into trays ready to be transported across Australia.
Once picked, speed is of the essence! Mr KP Mangoes travel by train and truck to reach supermarkets from Sydney to Perth; Darwin to Melbourne, and everywhere in between, within days of being picked.
By the time it reaches your local supermarket, Mr KP Mangoes are just about ready to eat. Check out our guides to find out how to select, store and slice the perfect Mr KP Mango, and take a look at our recipes for serving suggestions.
Wayne has been farming mangoes in the Northern Territory for over ten years, using technology and sustainable farming practices to produce the best early season quality available. Wayne’s son, Robert, is following in his father’s footsteps and now helps to run the family business.
In addition to growing the Kensington Pride variety for Mr KP Mangoes, the Quach family also grow a small number of R2E2 mangoes. The geographical distribution of their orchards enables them to harvest from late August through to early October.
“Mangoes are an Australian summer favourite and you just can’t go past Kensington Pride for their distinctive ﬂavour and texture. They’re more versatile than you might think. Eat them fresh at room temperature for the best ﬂavour, slice and serve with yoghurt for a healthy breakfast or add them to a salad for a sweet twist.”