Mangifera indica cultivars

Thanks to 3Point141@Flickr for sharing today’s photograph of eight different mango cultivars with us.

From the upper left and in clockwise order, the cultivars are: ‘Kent’, ‘Beverly’, ‘Alphonso’, ‘Carrie’, ‘Palmer’, ‘Valencia Pride’, and ‘Keitt’. The one in the middle is ‘Tommy Atkins’. Additional photographs of mango cultivars are available from Wikimedia Commons, including comparative photographs of some of today’s cultivars (and others) with ‘Ataulfo’, a mango commonly sold in local supermarkets. Given my enjoyment of the mangoes available to me and suspecting that locally-ripened ones might taste even better, it’s an ardent desire of mine to one day attend the Fairchild Tropical Botanical Garden‘s annual Mango Festival and sample, sample, sample. Unfortunately, no trip planned for me to this year’s festival on July 9-10.

Mangoes have been in cultivation for millenia, with India being the world’s largest producer (but Pakistan the largest exporter). Along with the article, Wikipedia provides an excellent set of resources for additional reading.

Mangifera indica cultivars

8 responses to “Mangifera indica cultivars”

  1. Eric in SF

    Be careful what you wish for! *laff* I haven’t eaten grocery store pineapples in the States since I had fresh local ones from Ecuador and Peru on trips to the Andes.
    My Indian friends who have had mangoes in India won’t eat anything here, even the ones imported from India. Too disappointing.
    I love pointing out a bag of cashews and a display of ripe mangoes to people and then telling them both of those are also in the same plant family as poison ivy!
    Individuals who are hyper-allergic to poison oak/ivy can’t eat cashews or mangoes – there is enough trace urushiol in both to cause a reaction in those folks.

  2. James Singer

    Great to see Asit’s photos. Nothing like mangoes straight from the tree–unless it’s lichis or atemoyas.

  3. Angharad

    Ahhhh… yes fresh mangoes… aseer manga from a juice bar in Cairo is heaven. And pinapple and avacados from the Mercado numero uno in Lima are divine….
    I don’t plan on ever returning the the 1st World… the food here is far superior!

  4. phillip

    ..”‘Kent’, ‘Beverly’, ‘Alphonso’, ‘Carrie’, ‘Palmer’, ‘Valencia Pride’, and ‘Keitt’. The one in the middle is ‘Tommy Atkins’. “…yes Latin is a dying language..
    …there was a girl named Mango…and man that girl could Tango..
    she kicked so high she flew to the sky..
    and they found her dancing in Durango..

  5. elizabeth a airhart

    after reading the events at fairchild no wonder you want
    to visit all that food– then you can fly over to my part of florida
    thank you ericsf now i know why i have been sick eating mangos
    gave that up many years ago –thank you daniel as always

  6. Wendy Cutler

    Daniel, it’s an ardent desire of yours to visit south Miami in July?? You must really like mangoes. I wish I’d known about that festival when I was going down there in the summers.

  7. Melissa in South Carolina

    Oh, my favorite fruit, when truly ripe – it’s like tasting flowers and colors all at once. Yum!

  8. Moria

    I am one of those unfortunates that is incredibly sensitive to poison oak – I’m a California native and have thankfully never encountered poison ivy. I’ve found that I cannot handle mangoes in their skin at all now, although when I was a child I could peel and eat them out of hand with no problems. One experience of that rash on the lips is quite enough, thank you. If I do handle mangoes in their skin, the rash doesn’t develop on the touch-surfaces of my hands, but will show up on any other skin, including the softer skin on the sides of my fingers. (side note: yeeeeeow!)
    However! I’ve found that I can still eat mangoes, if someone else will peel them for me. I am teased unmercifully for this, but some friends are still generous enough to perform this service so that I can enjoy the fruit as well.
    I don’t know if it’s odd or not, but cashews have never bothered me, even when I’ve enjoyed the amazing treat of the fresh juice in Brazil. I wonder why.

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