mango varieties
Haden - Tommy Atkins  - Kent  -   Keitt


Haden: Averages a little less than a pound, and is quite round for a mango, with only a slightly oval shape. Its skin turns from green to yellow-orange when ripe. The flesh is yellow in color, firm, juicy, and is abundant in fiber. The flavor is rich and sweet with a weak pleasant aroma. This variety is on the market from late May through June. 

In 1902 Captain John J. Haden of Coconut Grove, Florida, planted twelve mulgoba seeds. Eight years later, they produced fruit for the first time. In 1910, the mulgoba seedling was selected for its outstanding color, excellent flavor, good size and smooth fiber free pulp. This excellent mango variety was named "Haden", and continues to set high standards for mangoes. 

Tommy Atkins: This most common variety averages one pound in weight, is medium-large and neatly oval, with a rounded apex. The skin is quite thick, orangy or rosy yellow, speckled or blushed. The flesh is yellow, mild, and sweet with a strong pleasant aroma and contains an average amount of fiber. Tommy Atkins is on the market from late May to July. 

Tommy Atkins is a seedling of the Haden variety, and was planted around 1922 in Broward County, Florida. It first fruited in the early 1940s, and the trees were first sold in 1948. Today, Tommy Atkins is the leading mango variety grown in Florida. 

Kent: This variety is large, plump, irregularly oval, with an average weight of 1 1/4 pounds. When ripe, the skin is orange-yellow and blushed slightly with deep red. The flesh is yellow-gold in color, juicy, and fiberless. The sweet, richly tropical flavor has a lovely acid-lime finish, with piny overtones. The Kent can be found on the market from late June into August.
Keitt: The Keitt is the heftiest, plumpest, largest mango variety available, averaging 1 3/4 but reaching 3 pounds. It remains green when ripe, with only a very faint yellow or rose blush. The yellow-gold flesh is juicy, fiberless except close to the seed. Light in aroma, it has a full flavor, with pronounced lemony tang and medium sweetness. The Keitt is available from late July through September.

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