UPDATED June 17th, 2017
Did you know that there are an estimated one thousand mango fruit varieties in the world? The ones available in the U.S. are imported mostly from Mexico, Ecuador, Peru, Brazil, Guatemala and Haiti because only about twenty of those thousand mango varieties are traded worldwide. Mangoes need a tropical climate to flourish, so Florida, California, Hawaii, and Puerto Rico can produce mangos, but not at a large-scale. In the U.S, South Florida has the largest population of mango trees per capita. Luckily the countries we import from harvest their mangoes at various times of the year so that we can basically enjoy a year-round supply of mango-licious flavor. What’s the best part about eating a nutrient-rich-mango aside from its juiciness? According to researchers in Australia, the properties in mango skin also appear to ‘inhibit the development of human fat cells.’ The Daily Mail reported that the secret is in the skin’s phytochemicals , which act as natural fat busters. Which are your favorite variety? Here are 8 mango fruit you need to try.
1. Valencia Pride
This expensive Florida variety is known for its fiber-free flesh. You’ll identify it by its large, long and slender shape and by its yellow skin spotted with a soft reddish blush. It’s exquisitely aromatic and very sweet and available throughout July and August.
Found in Asia and Mexico, these sweet mangos are also available in July and August in the United States. The Keitt tend to be predominantly green in color with a dash of pink on it. For those who don’t like fibers, don’t worry, the Keitt has a limited amount.
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If you like firm textures in your mango and fine fibers, the Haden is for you. With its bright red and green skin with yellow overtones and small white dots, this medium to large mango with an oval to round shape is also found in Mexico but is available in the U.S. in April and May.
4. Tommy Atkins
Born in Florida, the Tommy Atkins a stringy, fiber-filled mango that’s perhaps the most commercially grown variety in the U.S. Its peak seasons are from March to July and October to January. You’ll distinguish it for its dark red tone with orange to yellow accents and for its, largish, oval shape.
Meet Mexico’s star mango. Why? It’s thick buttery flesh and think pit has made it a star at the International Mango Festival in Miami. You’ll recognize them for their orangey-yellow skin and long shape. Yes, they’re perfect enough to pair with a good champagne.
If you like your mango smooth and creamy, the firm flesh of the strangely-named ataulfos, which also touts no fibers, is for you. They are canary yellow in color and small and oval in shape. They’re known to wrinkle up when their fully ripe. Available from March to July.
Beloved for its rich taste, tender flesh and limited fibers, the Kents are found in Mexico, Ecuador, Peru and now in the U.S. You’ll identify these large, oval shaped beauties at the market for their dark green skins and deep red blush. January to March and June to August are their peak seasons.
Hailing from Haiti, this oblong and slightly S-shaped mango with the bright yellow skin and green overtones is known for its spicy and sweet flavor. Its texture is soft and fiber-filled and its peak season in the U.S. runs from May to July.