A mango’s appearance and flavor can vary between varieties. Between the original wild varieties and hybridization, there are literally hundreds of mango varieties across the world, but few make their way to American supermarkets. We’ve compiled some information below to help you identify the most popular mango varieties in the U.S. along with their key characteristics:
More compact compared to other varieties, it has a kidney-shaped form, with a skin that turns from green to a deep golden yellow when fully ripe. The inside is velvety smooth, with almost no fibrous texture, unlike other varieties, and a much thinner pit (about the thickness of a wafer). The taste is intensely sweet and full. The Champagne® mango is of this variety.
Availability: February through August from Mexico
These are medium, rounder mangos with an oval-round shape. Haden mangos have skin that is yellow in color accompanied by a red-orange blush when ripe. They have a juicy and yellow pulp that is sweet in flavor and have moderate fiber.
Availability: March through June from Mexico
Large, oblong shaped fruit with green skin that has some hues of red. Tommy Atkins are characterized by firm, juicy flesh with a smaller pit and moderate fiber. They emit a strong and pleasant scent.
Availability: February through July from Mexico
A large fruit, primarily green colored on the outside, with an occasional red blush. Kents have smooth flesh with minimal to mild fiber and are very juicy with a sweet, rich flavor.
Availability: June through August from Mexico
This large, oval-shaped fruit has predominantly green skin. Its flesh is smooth, sweet and juicy with mild fiber. Keitts have a flavorful aroma and also have a smaller pit than other green mango counterparts.
Available July through September from Mexico
In the U.S., mangos are primarily supplied by Mexico during the spring and summer months but they are available year-long with shipments from Ecuador, Peru, Brazil, Guatemala and Haiti.