Saturday 3 December 2016

Mango plum - best of both worlds

Published 04/04/2015 | 02:26

A mango plum is a tropical fruit that is a cross between a plum and a mango (Marks and Spencer/PA)
A mango plum is a tropical fruit that is a cross between a plum and a mango (Marks and Spencer/PA)

A tropical fruit that is a cross between a plum and a mango is to go on sale on the UK high street.

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Marks & Spencer is stocking the Bouea Macrophylla - or mango plum - after working with specialist growers in Thailand for several years.

The fruit has a bright orange edible skin, which is firmer than that of a plum, and a sweet taste similar to that of an Alphonso mango but with a softer texture.

M&S fruit expert Shazad Rehman said: "We're really excited to be introducing the first mango plum to the UK.

"We know our customers like to try new and interesting fruit and we're sure this will be something they will really enjoy.

"It has a soft texture and all the delicious flavour of a mango without any of the hassle to prepare as you can eat the skin."

The fruit is much smaller than a traditional mango and grows to two inches in diameter and four inches in length.

It will be on shelves from this weekend, priced at £1 each.

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