Mango varieties & availability

Throughout the year, you'll most likely find at least one of the seven mango 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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Honey (Ataulfo)

FLAVOR: Sweet and creamy

Honeys have a very small seed, so there is a high flesh to seed ratio.

  1. Texture: Smooth, firm flesh with no fibers
  2. COLOR: Vibrant yellow
  3. Shape: Small, flattened oval shape
  4. RIPENING CUES: Skin turns to a deep golden color and small wrinkles appear when fully ripe.
  5. PRIMARY SOURCE COUNTRY: Mexico, Ecuador, Peru
  6. Peak AVAILABILTY: March to June

FRANCIS

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francis

FLAVOR: Rich, spicy and sweet

The Francis grows on small farms throughout Haiti.

  1. Texture: Soft, juicy flesh with fibers
  2. COLOR: Bright yellow skin with green overtones
  3. Shape: Oblong and sigmoid S-shape
  4. RIPENING CUES: Green overtones diminish and the yellow becomes more golden as the Francis ripens. Squeeze gently to judge ripeness.
  5. PRIMARY SOURCE COUNTRY: Haiti
  6. Peak AVAILABILTY: April to June

HADEN

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HADEN

FLAVOR: Rich, with aromatic overtones

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.

  1. Texture: Firm flesh due to fine fibers
  2. COLOR: Bright red with green and yellow overtones and small white dots
  3. Shape: Medium to large with an oval to round shape
  4. RIPENING CUES: Green areas of the mango turn to yellow as it ripens. Squeeze gently to judge ripeness.
  5. PRIMARY SOURCE COUNTRY: Mexico, Ecuador, Peru
  6. Peak AVAILABILTY: March to May

KEITT

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KEITT

FLAVOR: Sweet and fruity

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

  1. Texture: Firm, juicy flesh with limited fibers
  2. COLOR: Dark to medium green, sometimes with a pink blush over a small portion of the mango
  3. Shape: Large oval shape
  4. RIPENING CUES: Skin stays green even when ripe. Squeeze gently to judge ripeness.
  5. PRIMARY SOURCE COUNTRY: Mexico, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Puerto Rico
  6. Peak AVAILABILTY: July to September

KENT

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KENT

FLAVOR: Sweet and rich

Originating from Florida in the 1940's, Kents are ideal mangos for juicing and drying.

  1. Texture: Juicy, tender flesh with limited fibers
  2. COLOR: Dark green and often has a dark red blush over a small portion of the mango
  3. Shape: Large oval shape
  4. RIPENING CUES: Kents have yellow undertones or dots that cover more of the mango as it ripens. Squeeze gently to judge ripeness.
  5. PRIMARY SOURCE COUNTRY: Mexico, Ecuador, Peru
  6. Peak AVAILABILTY: January, February, June to Aug, and December

TOMMY ATKINS

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TOMMY ATKINS

FLAVOR: Mildly sweet

Hailing originally from Florida, Tommy Atkins is the most widely grown commercial variety coming into the United States.

  1. Texture: Firm flesh due to fibers throughout
  2. COLOR: A dark red blush often covers much of the fruit with green and orange-yellow accents
  3. Shape: Medium to large with oval or oblong shape.
  4. RIPENING CUES: This mango may not provide any visual cues. Squeeze gently to judge ripeness.
  5. PRIMARY SOURCE COUNTRY: Mexico, Guatemala, Brazil, Ecuador, Peru
  6. Peak AVAILABILTY: March to July, September and October

PALMER

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PALMER

FLAVOR: Mildly sweet

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

  1. Texture: Smooth with limited fibers
  2. COLOR: Deep cheery red blush with a green background or light green background with a bright red/orange blush
  3. Shape: Oblong with pointed ends and does not have raised shoulders
  4. RIPENING CUES: This mango may not provide any visual cues. Squeeze gently to judge ripeness.
  5. PRIMARY SOURCE COUNTRY: Brazil
  6. Peak AVAILABILTY: N/A
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