A hailstorm May 11 in the Veracruz region of Mexico caused significant damage to mango trees but will likely have little if any effect on mango shipments to the U.S.
As much as 60% of mangoes in some areas were knocked to the ground and cannot be salvaged, according to a report on the Diariodexalapa website.
But the majority of mangoes produced in Veracruz are manilas, few of which are exported, said William Watson, executive director of the Orlando, Fla.-based National Mango Board.
“It tends to be a crop that stays in Mexico,” Watson said. “We see very little of it here — if at all.”
In addition, the area hit hardest by the hail was the Veracruz highlands, Watson said, where mango production is not as heavy as in other parts of Veracruz.