First mango tray of the season auctioned for 30k

The ‘first’ tray of fresh Northern Territory mangoes for the season was sold this morning at a charity auction held at the Sydney Markets.

The fruit which was grown in Berry-Springs, was auctioned off in front of a crowd including opposition leader Tony Abbott, and was sold to Health McInerney for $30,000 from Fresh Fellas Pty Ltd, ABC News reports.

McInerney purchased the tray on behalf of over 100 independent greengrocers and 55 wholesalers at the Sydney Market.

"I'm very proud to be part of today's auction success,” said McInerney.

“The Sydney markets support us, so really proud to be a part of it."

The money raised from the auction will be donated to OzHarvets, the Cancer Council of NSW and the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia.

Although NT mangoes have been available in limited quantities since July, the title of the ‘first’ mango tray of the season is simply symbolic, and keeps the tradition of the famous mango auction alive which has been held each year since 1970.


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