Mango leathers, more commonly known as dried mango (in strips or rolls) are considered high-value products and they are within reach of the A,B and C markets. The processing may be simple, but the yield may not be ideal for a backyard operation. Five kilos of mangoes usually produce less than a kilo of mango leather.
Despite the high capital investment and longer payback period, there may be a huge potential in the product, especially since the healthy trend is gaining momentum.
Equipments and Materials:
- Stainless steel trays
- Stainless steel mixing bowls and spoons
- 2 weighing scales (use one for the raw fruits and the other one for the processed product to avoid contamination)
- Refractometer – this device is used to measure the fruit’s sweetness. It can be bought from laboratory equipment suppliers for about P7,000.
- Dryer (optional)
- Table-ripe carabao mangoes
- White sugar