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Are All Mangoes Created Equal? Delicious Mango Varieties

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On June 21st

Are all Mangoes created equal? Try some of the many varieties and experience the variations in flavor, sweetness and texture.

With over a thousand varieties of mangoes in the world, not all them taste the same or offer the same quality.  Sample some of the many varieties available at your local produce markets and experience for yourself the varying levels of sweetness and fiber content.

Even though several varieties exist, don’t count on your local supermarket to offer more than one or two. The ‘Tommy Adkins’ variety of mango is most commonly found in supermarkets and is often picked too soon in order to be shipped around the country.

Do yourself a favor this mango season and try some new varieties from your local growers and farmers markets.

Give these mango varieties a try:

  • KentGrown in Florida, has a deep orange flesh, flavor is very sweet and rich. A larger mango up to two pounds in weight.
  • Keitt – Another popular Florida grown mango that is available later in the season. Its flavor has the taste of peach and vanilla, hints of lime, coconut and berries.
  • Baileys Marvel – This mango is firm, has no fiber and has a tangy and sweet flavor. Fruits are 1 to 2 pounds with a peachy blush color. Early to mid-season.
  • Valencia Pride – This is one of the more popular mango varieties sold in Florida. The flavor is sweet, aromatic, firm and has no fiber. Never a bad choice.
  • Haden – This is one of the first mango cultivars selected in Florida. Haden is a beautifully colored mango with a full sweet flavor. Early season variety.
  • Glenn – This variety is a seedling of Haden and is also a Florida favorite. The flavor is slightly peachy and very sweet. Most popular early season mango.
  • Nam Doc Mai – This is a delicious variety introduced to Florida from Thailand. It is one of the most desired varieties of Asian mangoes. The fruit is firm, aromatic, has no fiber and is very sweet and is available from June to July.
  • Edward – This variety has no fiber, is very sweet and aromatic. It is considered to be one of the finer tasting varieties of Florida mangoes. Golden yellow in color with a reddish blush available from June to July.

The Edison & Ford Estates sells fresh mangoes in season every Thursday at the downtown Ft. Myers Farmers Market from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. We also have a variety of mango trees available for sale in our Garden Shoppe so you can grow your own mangoes in your backyard.

6 Responses

  1. Sue Keller Says:

    I have tried several varieties and one of my favorite is Duncan, almost never mentioned.


    Posted on June 21st, 2011 at 9:02 pm

  2. Sue Keller Says:

    Duncan is a fabulous Mango variety and almost never mentioned. I have nine trees and it is big, firm, hardy and the flavor is sweet with a tang.

    Posted on June 21st, 2011 at 9:04 pm

  3. juliet Says:

    the carabao mango variety of the philippines is so remarkable! find it.

    Posted on June 29th, 2011 at 3:02 am

  4. Sal Vita Says:

    It is true that all mango are created equal! It is also true that their taste is influenced from where they are grown and cultural practices. Especially near ripening or harvest, the amount of water or too much nitrogen, will greatly influence the fruit, no matter the cultivar.
    On the Florida West Coast, Pine Island has the right soil and the ideal climate to produce mango fruits of superiour quality and excellent tast.
    With the arrival of Internet, all can enjoy this delicious fruit because they can be ordered online and they are shipped.

    Posted on June 18th, 2012 at 10:11 pm

  5. Christof Says:

    I am a Mango (Local, not the horrible grocery store garbage) nut, and was able to taste every cultivar this season. For me, the hardly mentioned Duncan is my favorite, and THE best for freezing. Simply fantastic frozen (think awesome Mango Sorbet) and the Kent’s for simply eating fresh. The Keitts, although not my favorite (but still fantastic) for eating fresh, is my favorite for Mango freezer jam, but do yourself a favor and forget the amount of sugar the recipes call for out there… Most call for 5-7 cups of sugar for 4 cups mango, I can’t see how one could even eat that unless they are using store bought garbage.
    I use low sugar/no sugar pectin, and only use 1 1/2 cup sugar to 4 cups fruit and my wife even told me (“it sure doesn’t need any more sugar”… Of course to, when you use local fruit, and let it ripen to perfection before making them into jam!!!
    Lastly, my new favorite sandwich is fresh sliced mango/Peanut butter… I tried it just to see how it would taste, and talk about heaven on bread!!
    Give it a try, you will be pleasantly surprised, and I can’t imagine kids NOT going nuts over it….
    And make sure to check out Erickson Farms on Lake Okeechobee… FANTASTIC prices (way lower than any other grower I have purchased from), the best fruit yet, and downright very nice people. I will buy all my mangos from them now, and they also sell many other Frits and vegetables.
    Bon Apetit!!!

    Posted on August 17th, 2012 at 6:59 pm

  6. Kathreeya Walsh Says:

    I am from Thailand and looking for a large Nom Doc Mai Mango Tree. We live in Tampa but can travel to get one.

    Do you have any large trees available?

    Thank you

    Posted on March 26th, 2014 at 7:05 pm