This video shows one of the common ways that mangos are collected in Panama.
One person, the more agile one in the team, climbs the tree. He then collects the mangos in a handmade net on a long pole (see the photo below.)
Then he hurls these mangos down to his comrades on the ground. The guys soften the mango’s fall by “catching” them using an old feed bag, as seen in the video.
Later the mangos are counted and put in the bags or put loose in the back of a truck.
Mangos are counted because the pickers pay you for each mango they pick.
Mango Selling Tips
- Find out what the going price is.
- Make sure you and the mango pickers are in agreement on the price, BEFORE they start picking.
- Make an exclusive contract with someone to pick your mangos. Only that mango guy can pick your tree.
There is significant of money in Mango picking. Therefore, if you have a good tree, you will get visits even before the mangos are ripe enough for green mango salad. They will be to see if they the tree when the time comes.
I advise selecting the Mango=person early in this process otherwise you will continue to get visits from these hopeful mango pickers.