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    Mango Varieties & Availability

    Throughout the year, you'll most likely find at least one mango of the six varieties described below. Each mango has a unique flavor and texture, so try different varieties at different stages of ripeness and at different times of the year. You'll be glad you did.
     

    HONEY

    Originally Ataulfo

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    Flavor: Sweet and creamy
     
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    Honeys have a very small seed,
    so there is a high flesh to seed ratio.

    Texture: Smooth, firm flesh with no fibers

    COLOR: Vibrant yellow

    Shape: Small, flattened oval shape

    RIPENING CUES: Skin turns to a deep golden color and small wrinkles appear when fully ripe.

    PRIMARY SOURCE COUNTRY: Mexico, Ecuador, Peru

    Peak AVAILABILTY: March to June
     

    FRANCIS

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    Flavor: Rich, spicy and sweet
     
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    The Francis grows on small farms throughout Haiti.

    Flavor: Rich, spicy and sweet

    Texture: Soft, juicy flesh with fibers

    Color: Bright yellow skin with green overtones

    Shape: Oblong and sigmoid S-shape

    Ripening Cues: Green overtones diminish and the yellow becomes more golden as the Francis ripens. Squeeze gently to judge ripeness.

    Primary Source Country: Haiti

    Peak Availability: April to June
     

    HADEN

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    Flavor: Rich, with aromatic overtones
     
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    The fruiting of the Haden mango in 1910 inspired the creation of a large-scale mango industry in South Florida. The industry has since then been greatly reduced by the impact of development and hurricanes.

    Flavor: Rich, with aromatic overtones

    Texture: Firm flesh due to fine fibers

    Color: Bright red with green and yellow overtones and small white dots

    Shape: Medium to large with an oval to round shape

    Ripening Cues: Green areas of the mango turn to yellow as it ripens. Squeeze gently to judge ripeness.

    Primary Source Country: Mexico, Ecuador, Peru

    Peak Availability: March to May
     

    KEITT

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    Flavor: Sweet and fruity
     
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    Keitts are popular in Asian cultures, where they are enjoyed in its mature-green stage or even as pickles.

    Flavor: Sweet and fruity

    Texture: Firm, juicy flesh with limited fibers

    Color: Dark to medium green, sometimes with a pink blush over a small portion of the mango

    Shape: Large oval shape

    Ripening Cues: Skin stays green even when ripe. Squeeze gently to judge ripeness.

    Primary Source Countries: Mexico, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Puerto Rico

    Peak Availability: July to September
    Flavor: Sweet and rich
     
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    Originating from Florida in the 1940's, Kents are ideal mangos for juicing and drying.

    Flavor: Sweet and rich

    Texture: Juicy, tender flesh with limited fibers

    Color: Dark green and often has a dark red blush over a small portion of the mango

    Shape: Large oval shape

    Ripening Cues: Kents have yellow undertones or dots that cover more of the mango as it ripens. Squeeze gently to judge ripeness.

    Primary Source Countries: Mexico, Ecuador, Peru

    Peak Availability: January, February, June to Aug, and December
     

    TOMMY ATKINS

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    Flavor: Mildly and sweet
     
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    Hailing originally from Florida, Tommy Atkins is the most widely grown commercial variety coming into the United States.

    Flavor: Mildly sweet

    Texture: Firm flesh due to fibers throughout

    Color: A dark red blush often covers much of the fruit with green and orange-yellow accents

    Shape: Medium to large with oval or oblong shape.

    Ripening Cues: This mango may not provide any visual cues. Squeeze gently to judge ripeness.

    Primary Source Countries: Mexico, Guatemala, Brazil, Ecuador, Peru

    Peak Availability: March to July, September and October
     

    PALMER

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    Flavor: Mildly sweet
     
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    Originating from Florida in the 1940's, Palmers widely grown commercial scale in Florida; often harvested immature due to early coloring.

    Flavor: Mildly sweet

    Texture: Smooth with limited fibers

    Color: Deep cheery red blush with a green background or light green background with a bright red/orange blush

    Shape: Oblong with pointed ends and does not have raised shoulders

    Ripening Cues: This mango may not provide any visual cues. Squeeze gently to judge ripeness.

    Primary Source Countries: Brazil

    Peak Availability: N/A
     
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