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Baffling but sweet

By SALASEINI VOSAMANA
Wednesday, November 07, 2012

A FIJIAN family of Indian descent is baffled as they continue to reap two types of mangoes from the same tree at their backyard in Labasa.

The Pal family in Bocalevu have been eating carrot and apple mangoes from the same tree over the past two years.

Speaking on behalf of the family, Pravin Pal said they noticed the unusual production in 2010 and they were really surprised because they had never witnessed such growth before.

"At first, we were reluctant to eat the mangoes because of its strange growth but somehow, we decided to try it," Mr Pal said.

"The two types of mangoes remain green in colour when it's ripe and it hardly falls on the ground," he said.

"When it is mango season, the tree is always filled with mango and we usually give it to neighbours and friends because of its sweet taste," he added.

Mr Pal said they would continue to look after the tree because it was a rare plant they had ever come across.

"This is something very unique to us because we are able to eat two types of mangoes from the same tree," he said.

Principal agricultural officer northern John Cox said two mango trees must have been grafted upon growing leading to one tree producing the two fruits.