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.