Mango varieties & availability

Throughout the year, you'll most likely find at least one of the six mango varieties described below. Each type of 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 sour with tropical fruit notes

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

  1. Aroma: Tropical fruit and peachy notes
  2. Texture: Smooth, firm flesh with no fibers
  3. COLOR: Vibrant yellow
  4. Shape: Small, flattened oblong shape
  5. External Ripening Indicators: Skin turns to a deep golden color and small wrinkles appear when fully ripe.
  6. PRIMARY SOURCE COUNTRY: Mexico, Peru, Ecuador, Brazil
  7. Peak AVAILABILTY: March to July

FRANCIS

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francis

FLAVOR: Sweet and fruity

The Francis mango grows on small farms throughout Haiti.

  1. Aroma: Peach and tropical fruit
  2. Texture: Soft, juicy flesh with fibers
  3. COLOR: Bright yellow skin with green overtones
  4. Shape: Oblong and sigmoid S-shape
  5. External Ripening Indicators: Green overtones diminish and the yellow becomes more golden as the mango ripens.
  6. PRIMARY SOURCE COUNTRY: Haiti, Ecuador
  7. Peak AVAILABILTY: May to June

HADEN

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HADEN

FLAVOR: Sweet and sour with a slight bitter after taste of tropical fruit

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

KEITT

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KEITT

FLAVOR: Sweet and fruity

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

  1. Aroma: High in citrus notes
  2. Texture: Firm, juicy flesh with limited fibers
  3. COLOR: Dark to medium green, sometimes with a pink blush over a small portion of the mango
  4. Shape: Large oval shape
  5. RIPENING CUES: Skin stays green even when ripe.
  6. PRIMARY SOURCE COUNTRY: Mexico, Ecuador, Brazil, United States
  7. Peak AVAILABILTY: March to April, August and September

KENT

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KENT

FLAVOR: Sweet with hints of sour notes

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

  1. Aroma: Peach and tropical fruit
  2. Texture: Juicy, tender flesh with limited fibers
  3. COLOR: Dark green and often has a dark red blush over a small portion of the mango
  4. Shape: Large oval shape
  5. RIPENING CUES: Yellow undertones or dots cover more of the mango as it ripens.
  6. PRIMARY SOURCE COUNTRY: Mexico, Peru, Ecuador
  7. Peak AVAILABILTY: January, February and December

TOMMY ATKINS

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TOMMY ATKINS

FLAVOR: Tart with sweet notes

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

  1. Aroma: Small hints of tropical fruit and citrus
  2. Texture: Firm flesh and high fibers throughout
  3. COLOR: A dark red blush often covers much of the fruit with green and orange-yellow accents
  4. Shape: Medium to large with oval or oblong shape.
  5. RIPENING CUES: This mango may not provide any visual cues.
  6. PRIMARY SOURCE COUNTRY: Mexico, Brazil, Ecuador, Guatemala
  7. Peak AVAILABILTY: March to July
ADDITIONAL VARIETIES OF MANGO
Although the six varieties mentioned above represent the most commonly available mango varieties in the US market, there are others that you can find as well. With hundreds of varieties the possibilities are endless!

  • Alphonse - This Indian variety is a mild tasting mango with firm flesh that can range in skin color from purple to yellow, and is oblong in shape.
  • Edward - This fiber-free sweet and tangy flavored mango can range in color from pink to yellow, and is round or oblong in shape.
  • Kesar - This Indian variety is a fiber-free sweet mango that can vary in color from green to yellow with a round shape.
  • Manila - This fiber-free sweet mango can range in color from orange to yellow to pink, and has a narrow shape
  • Palmer - This mild flavored, firm flesh mango ranges from purple to red to yellow, and is oblong in shape