UAE Markets: Indian and Pakistani Mangoes Priced from Dh4 to Dh600 per Kg

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Amid the scorching summer heat, the UAE's fruit markets are bustling with activity as mango season takes center stage.

Mango Season in the UAE

Mangoes, often hailed as the king of fruits, are highly anticipated by residents eager to indulge in their sweet, juicy flavors. Among the plethora of varieties available, the Japanese Miyazaki mango stands out for its exquisite taste and texture. However, due to its exclusivity and high price, it is a rare find on supermarket shelves. Enthusiasts willing to splurge can place advance orders at select retail stores or explore limited offerings on e-commerce platforms, albeit at a premium.

Pricing and Demand

While the Miyazaki mango may capture attention with its luxurious appeal, other varieties such as Alphonso, Sindhri, and Kesari remain perennial favorites among UAE consumers. These varieties, characterized by their rich flavors and vibrant colors, offer a more accessible option for mango lovers. In Dubai and Sharjah's bustling fruit markets, vendors meticulously manage their inventory to meet the soaring demand during peak season. Abdul Karim, a vendor at Al Awir Fruits and Vegetable Market, attests to the brisk sales, noting that fresh stock is eagerly awaited by loyal customers.

Prices of mangoes vary depending on factors such as variety, origin, and market dynamics. Pakistani mangoes, known for their affordability and superior taste, are particularly sought after by budget-conscious buyers. Sindhri mangoes, priced at Dh20 for a 5- to 6-kilogram box, are a popular choice among consumers looking for value for money. Conversely, premium varieties like the Miyazaki mango command significantly higher prices, reflecting their rarity and exclusivity in the market.

In addition to traditional favorites from India and Pakistan, mango enthusiasts can explore an array of international offerings. Varieties from Peru, Brazil, and Kenya have found their way into UAE markets, adding diversity to the mango landscape. Peruvian mangoes, in particular, are gradually gaining popularity among residents for their unique flavor profile. Despite the availability of international options, Indian and Pakistani mangoes continue to dominate the market, driven by their longstanding reputation for quality and taste.

As vendors navigate the intricacies of mango season, they observe subtle shifts in pricing trends compared to previous years. Mohammed Amir, a fruit stall owner, notes a marginal increase in prices for Indian varieties like Neelam, attributing it to higher expenses incurred from distributors, shipping, and storage. However, Sameed Khan, a fruit wholesaler, remains optimistic about potential price adjustments in the coming months, anticipating a slight decrease as the season progresses.

Mango season in the UAE brings forth a vibrant tapestry of flavors, colors, and aromas, delighting residents and visitors alike. While premium varieties like the Miyazaki mango offer a taste of luxury for discerning palates, traditional favorites such as Alphonso and Sindhri cater to a broader audience. With a diverse range of options available in local markets, mango enthusiasts can embark on a culinary journey to savor the essence of summer's most beloved fruit.

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