Rain shortens stone fruit season

UNWRAPPING gifts goes with peeling mangoes and munching juicy cherries, but this Christmas stone fruit will be the priciest in 10 years.

Mother Nature’s manager Grahame Steel said months of unseasonal heavy rain in Southern NSW and cyclones and storms in North Queensland means a shortened season for stone fruit.

Mangoes usually start in November and end in February but, just like the cherry season, it could all be over by early in the New Year.

“It was the hardest year to find good fruit, it’s all full of water and falls off the tree,” Mr Steel said.

“Everyone hangs out for stone fruit because it’s a short season, so with this shorter season people will have to make the most of it and enjoy while it’s available.”



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