Todd Roy, Edison Ford Horticulturist & Garden Shoppe Manager
As I strolled through the garden Saturday I came across the first ripe Mango of the season. The Southern Blush variety is an early season variety, but doesn’t disappoint on flavor.
The gardens at the Edison Ford contain over a dozen different varieties of Mangoes. They range from early season to mid season to late season varieties like the Keitt Mango. An early season favorite of mine is Bailey’s Marvel, a large Mango with great flavor, beautiful colors and very little fiber. We also have a variety called Kent that is velvety smooth with no fiber and excellent flavor. The local growers favor the Valencia Pride Mango, a large oblong shaped Mango with a sweet flavor. If you’re a little tight on space, consider planting a dwarf variety like Pickering that can be kept at about six to eight feet tall.
Come down and visit our Garden Shoppe and see the many varieties of Mango and fruit trees we have available. One of our horticulturists can explain some of the different Mango types and answer any questions you might have.
If you’re looking for something to do with your mangoes, here’s a great recipe from my own kitchen:
Mango & Black Bean Salad
- 1 15.8 ounce can black beans, drained and rinsed
- 2 cups mango, diced
- 1 cup sweet red bell pepper, diced
- ½ cup red onion,
- 1/4 cup cilantro leaves, chopped
- 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 seeded Jalapeno pepper, minced or hot sauce to taste (optional)
- Salt to taste
Preparation: Combine all ingredients, including beans in bowl. Toss and serve.
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