One of the historical features of both the Edison and Ford estates throughout their history has always been the flourishing mango trees. In fact, in Edison’s day, they dubbed the line of mangoes along the fence line as “Orchid Lane” because they discovered that the mango trees located there also loved to have orchids fastened to their rough bark.
The trees of Edison and Ford’s time, were mostly the old variety of ‘turpentine mangoes’ but newer varieties such as the prized Hayden Mango were added over the years.
Today, the Edison & Ford Winter Estates boasts dozens of varieties throughout the gardens and offers them up for purchase in the Garden Shoppe, the Museum Stores and at the City of Fort Myers Farmer’s Market (in summer, the first Thursday of the month).
Visitors are still cautioned not to pick the fruit as some people have allergic reactions. Stop by the Edison Ford and check out the varieties for sale.
Related Edison Ford Blog Posts: Mango Salsa Recipe, Mango Smoothie Recipe, Are All Mangoes Created Equal? Delicious Mango Varieties, Tips for Growing and Caring for Mango Trees, Tropical Fruit Trees That Grow Best in Southwest Florida, It’s Almost Mango Season Here at the Edison Ford – Are You Ready?