Mango is termed as the king of all fruits and the title is undoubtedly justified. The mango fruit has hundreds of varieties each having its own characteristic taste, shape and size. These varieties are grown throughout the world but specifically, Pakistan, Philippines and India are among the largest mango producers with India topping the list. Mango is a seasonal fruit and id grown from March to October making it a delicacy that people all around the world wait anxiously for all year round.
The people living in India, Pakistan and Philippines naturally have a large selection of mangoes to choose from owing to the fact that their countries produce the fruits in enormous amounts. It would be interesting to mention that all three of these countries have Mango as their National fruit too. Let’s take a look at some of the 10 Best Kinds of Mangoes You Would like to Eat from all around the world.
When it comes to flavor, aroma, taste and rarity, Alphonso is the most exquisite variety of mango that there is. It is mostly produced in India owing to the favorable climatic conditions. The interesting thing about Alphonso is that even the seed from an Alphonso itself would not grow a fruit bearing tree. Therefore, a much altered technique is deployed to produce Alphonso adding to its rarity. Despite its rarity however, Alphonso remains the most exported kind of mango across the globe.
The vibrant yellow Ataulfo with a sweet and creamy flavor is every mango lover’s absolute favorite. Ataulfo has smooth, firm flesh with no fibers making it easier to use in salads or simply consume on its own. This kind of mango is small and oval in shape. Ataulfo is primarily grown in Mexico from March to July.
Grown in small farms all over Haiti, Francis has a rich spicy and sweet taste. The flesh has fibers but is very soft and juicy. It is available from May to July. Francis is Bright yellow in color with green overtones and flaunts an oblong and sigmoid S-shape. Owing to the fibrous flesh, Francis may not be a popular choice for salads but it finds great use in chutneys due to its tangy flavor.
Rich, with aromatic overtones, Haden is an excellent choice for use in cooking or for consuming as it is. Haden mangos have a firm flesh with fine fibers making it not-so-stringy and off putting like some other fibrous varieties. Haden mangos are bright red in color with green and yellow overtones and small white dots. This kind of mangos has a medium to large oval-round shape. Haden also is a Mexican delicacy although its roots can be found in South Florida. This variety was first planted in 1910 and gave birth to a whole mango industry in South Florida. It is available throughout April and May.
Keitt is a produce of Mexico and the United States of America. It is enjoyed both when fully ripe and green and also as pickles when not fully grown. Keitt is especially popular in Asian cultures and finds great uses in the Asian cuisine. Keitt mangos have a sweet and fruity flavor with firm juicy flesh having only a limited amount of fibers. Keitt mangos are dark to medium green in color often with a pink blush over a small portion of the mango. The keitt mangos are large and oval in shape. These are available in August and September.
The Kent mangos feature a sweet and rich taste which is further enhanced by their juicy flesh which has limited number of fibers. Due to their texture and flavor, Kent mangos are ideal for juicing and drying and also find uses in baking (they make for a great mango bread recipe!). Kent mangos are dark green in color having a dark red blush over a small portion of the fruit. The fruit itself is large and oval in shape. Available from January to March and June to August, the Kent mango is largely produced in Mexico, Ecuador and Peru. Kent mangos originally originated from Florida in the 1940s.
Hailing originally from Florida, Tommy Atkins is the most widely grown commercial variety coming into the United States.
Like the Kent variety, Tommy Atkins also finds its origin in Florida. It is at present, the most widely gron commercial variety exported to the United States. Tommy Atkins have a mildly sweet flavor with firm, stringy and fibrous flesh. Tommy Atkins have different shades going on their medium to large oval bodies. The most prominent of them is the dark red blush which covers most of the fruit. It is available from March to July and from October to January and is grown in Mexico, Guatemala, Brazil, Ecuador and Peru.
A child variety originating from Haden mangos, the Valencia Pride is also finds its roots in Florida. First reported Valencia Pride fruit was produced in 1941. This variety is large in size and the skin is covered with a large red blush while some yellow hues also find their way around it. Valencia Pride is a fibreless variety and has a smooth, melting, juicy texture along with a mouthwatering odor which makes it a premium choice. It is available throughout July and August.
Glenn is also an excellent choice among various different varieties of mango. It has a sweet, silky and peachy flavor and an exotic odor which make it so popular among mango lovers. Glenn mangoes are a little red or pink in color and oval to oblong in shape. It is grown in Florida and is available from May to June.
Cultivated in Haiti, Madame Francique is also known as “Dessert Mango” owing to its great use in desserts. This variety features varying colors from light green to orange to slightly yellow. Madame Francique is known for its rich, sweet and spicy taste which is rare and tangy but exceptionally brilliant. Madame Francique is considered as the best mango variety from the Caribbean and is available throughout September and October.