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IMO BLOG with another Stellar day as viewership flirts with 3,000 again ...

A very busy week at the IMO BLOG:

Another stellar day at the IMO BLOG

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The Life & Times of Wilson Popenoe and the Zamorano University ...

The Zamorano Pan-American Agricultural School (Spanish: Escuela Agrícola Panamericana Zamorano), generally known as El Zamorano or Zamorano, is a private, coeducationaluniversity located in the valley of the Yeguare river, Honduras. El Zamorano's main focus is agricultural and there are four different programs to choose from in the school. Enrollment stands at more than 1000 students. It is currently registered in Delaware as a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.

Zamorano is host to students from diverse countries (Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, Ecuador, Peru, Colombia, Chile, Bolivia, Dominican Republic, Paraguay, México and more).

The school was founded in 1941 by Samuel Zemurray (1877-1961) a Russian born American and president of the United Fruit Company. Mr. Zemurray set out to create a high quality agricultural education center, devoted to the training of youth from throughout the region. To carry out this dream, he recruited Dr. Wilson Popenoe, …

FROM Mango Races & Varieties by Wilson Popenoe ....

Wilson Popenoe (March 9, 1892 – 1975) son of Fred O. Popenoe and brother of Paul Popenoe, was a United States Department of Agriculture employee and plant explorer. From 1916 to 1924 Popenoe explored Latin America to look for new strains ofavocados. He reported his adventures to the National Geographic Society. He became the chief agronomist of the United Fruit Company.[1]


This section is from the book "Manual Of Tropical And Subtropical Fruits", by Wilson Popenoe.

 Also available from Amazon:Manual Of Tropical And Subtropical Fruits.

Mango Races And Varieties

The classification of mangos must be considered from two distinct standpoints. First, there are numerous seedling races; and second, there are horticultural groups of varieties propagated by grafting or budding.

The seedling races have not been studied in all parts of the tropics. 
Most of those in America are now fairly well known, but they are probably few compared to t…

Reunion Island & Biodiversity: A breeding ground for mangoes???

Making the link from Brazil to the Caribbean, how mangoes migrated to the "New World" ....

The original journey to Brazil that would later bring mangoes from India....

Did mangoes migrate from Brazil to Trinidad & Tobago or did they come with the Slave Trade via Africa?

We hope to have the answer for you at the IMO 4th Global Mango Conference in Trinidad & Tobago.

Native to southern Asia, especially eastern India, Burma, and the Andaman Islands, the mango has been cultivated, praised and even revered in its homeland since Ancient times. 

Buddhist monks are believed to have taken the mango on voyages to Malaya and eastern Asia in the 4th and 5th Centuries B.C. 
The Persians are said to have carried it to East Africa about the 10th Century A.D. 

It was commonly grown in the East Indies before the earliest visits of the Portuguese who apparently introduced it to West Africa early in the 16th Century and also into Brazil. 
~From Julia Morton's epic :

On the website Toda Fruta there are photos of the most common…

The first annual mango festival in Trinidad & Tobago was held in 2009 ...

For anyone who’s in T&T on Monday Saturday 15th August 2009, there’s the first ever Trinidad and Tobago Mango Festival being held at the IICA office, 10 Austin Street, St. Augustine from 9.00 a.m.- 6.00 p.m.

Chennette's Mangoes

The event is hosted by the Caribbean Network of Rural Women Producers and supported by IICA. More information available here.

The Mango Festival: a day of fun, education, community, and good tastes, celebrates the short season of mango abundance. 

The event includes activities for all age groups, story telling, “smell and name the mango”, best mango chow, best mango display and mango eating competitions. 

The members of the Network will have on sale tasty mango products, from the sweet: jellies, pastries, drinks, ice creams – to the spicy: chows, pickles, marinades, and for the exotic: beauty products and culinary innovations.

What really grabs me is the “smell and name the mango” competition – I figure that is one where young people just cannot compete. 

As i…

UGADI: How India measures the beginning ....

Beginning of all times
JBS Umanadh, March 19, 2012

It is believed that the Lord Brahma started creation of the universe on Ugadi day. 

Also the great Indian Mathematician Bhaskaracharya's calculations proclaimed the Ugadi day from the sunrise on as the beginning of the New Year, new month and new day. 

The onset of spring also marks a beginning of new life with plants acquiring new life, new shoots and leaves. Spring is considered the first season of the year hence also heralding a new year and a new beginning. 

Along with Ugadi comes jasmines (mallepulu) spread a sweet and distinct fragrance which is perhaps unmatched by any other in nature's own creation! While large garlands of jasmine are offered to Gods in homes and temples, jasmine flowers woven in clusters adorn the braids of women.

Ugadi marks the beginning of a new Hindu lunar calendar with a change in the moon's orbit. It is a day when mantras are chanted and predictions made for the New Year. Traditionally, the pancha…

Mangoes from Trinidad & Tobago and what to do with them .....

Mangoes, Mangoes, Mangoes

Posted by Sarina on Jul 25, 2011 |

As previously mentioned, it’s mango season and mangoes have been pouring in from the trees of various family friends. 

Now mangoes are not a cookie cutter fruit. 
They come in many different varieties. I confess however that I am no mango connessiuer. 

All I know is some have smooth seeds, some have very hairy seeds (which mom says they used to turn into dolls when she was a kid), and some are very tiny and pinkish in skin color. 
Beyond that I couldn’t tell you which physical type matches which name. I’m sure my readers can help me out on that one