Picking Mangoes involves working long hours, doing repetitious tasks that can be physically demanding and lack excitement and intellectual stimulation. Ladders are often needed to reach mangoes perched high up in trees. Work will involve doing a fair amount of carrying and lifting. If you’re not a fan of hard work, a position in the packing sheds sorting the mangoes may be right up your alley!
Mango Picking Tips
Mangoes are clipped from the tree in an unripe but mature condition. They are ready for picking when the background fruit colour transforms from a bright green to a dull greenish type yellow. It is preferable to harvest mangoes with long stems of at least 4-5cm to avoid sap spurting and damaging the fruit or going on your skin. Some people have alergic reactions to mango sap and it can create a rash that is very itchy.
Mango Picking Locations
Katherine, Bundaberg, Ayr, Giru
Bowen, Carnarvon, Childers, Yeppoon
Mundubbera, Kununurra, Dimbulah
Darwin, Mareeba, Gin Gin
Things you’ll need
Work will be in hot conditions so remember to stay cool and hydrated unless you’re working in a Greenhouse.
- Non slip sturdy footwear.
- Long Pants or Shorts
- Long-sleeved shirt
- Broad Brimmed Hat
Did you know?
There are over 400 varieties of mango throughout the world.
Pay rates are typically per piece, so the more mangoes you pick, the more you’re going to earn. As you perfect your technique you’ll become more efficient and in turn increase the amount you pick per day. Hourly pay can range from $16-$20 per hour but per piece pay will vary from farm to farm. Pay in the packing sheds is usually by the hour