Mangoes hit our phones

By Country News

Mango lovers rejoice — an Australian mango grower-led social media campaign has resulted in the release of the very first mango emoji.

Funded through Hort Innovation during 2016-17 with the tag #mangoemojiplease, emoji authority Unicode announced the inclusion of the emoji among a suite of others including a kangaroo, bagel and skateboard.

‘‘It’s very exciting for Australian mangoes and particularly for growers,’’ Hort Innovation acting market lead Elisa King said.

‘‘There are about six billion emojis sent on a daily basis and with so many fruit emojis, it is about time one of Australia’s favourite fruit has its own.’’