In a break with tradition, the Brisbane Markets has crowned two mango kings this year at the charity auction of the symbolic first tray of the fruit for the season.

Greengrocers Carlo Lorenti and Harry Nicolaou have paid $42,000, which will go to the charities Diabetes Queensland and Life Education Queensland.

Mr Lorenti says mangos are selling for around $5 each at the moment, but the price will fall as the Northern Territory season progresses and Queensland season starts.

"You could even pay up to $6 or $7 at the moment if it's a really nice, large fruit and that's pretty much what the shopkeepers are actually paying.

"At this time of the year, we're just trying to promote the mangoes, so we're not really making a lot of money at this time of year.

"We're going into the summer fruit now which is exciting for all the stores, the stores are looking forward to that."

He says Australian produce makes up 90 per cent of the stocks in most independent greengrocers.

 

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