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FOR THE LOVE OF MANGOES : A VISIT TO MERRIT ISLAND, FLORIDA WITH NORIS LEDESMA













Fruit hunting in Florida


By Noris Ledesma
Curator
Fairchild Botanical Gardens






I love Florida. Mangoes everywhere!
Today I am about a 4 hr drive from Miami in Merritt Island, Florid, located on the eastern Floridian coast.




Merritt island is bordered by the Indian and Banana rivers, and mango seedlings have been part of their life for more than a century.















































Mango season in Merritt Island runs from June through mid-September, with different varieties ripening at different times. 




As you are travelling along South Tropical Trail in Merritt Island, you will start to see hand-painted signs advertising mango
s for sale. 





This is a good way to learn about history of mangos, and enjoy the paradise!




























































Mango growers in Merritt Island refuse to use pesticides. 





Their trees grow naturally, without irrigation, or excess of fertilizer. 







They grow their local mangoes, and some of the favorite recognized mangoes in the island as Carrie, Haden, Jakarta, Kent, Valencia Pride, Springfiels and Osteen.











































Here is an article posted last year in Mango World Magazine:



http://mangoworldmagazine.blogspot.com/2013/08/central-florida-mangoes-of-merritt.html


















































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The Chaunsa has a Brix rating in the 22 degree level which is unheard of!
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Alphonso





Alphonso (mango)
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia








Alphonso (हापुस Haapoos in Marathi, હાફુસ in Gujarati, ಆಪೂಸ್ Aapoos in Kannada) is a mango cultivar that is considered by many[who?] to be one of the best in terms of sweetness, richness and flavor. 


It has considerable shelf life of a week after it is ripe making it exportable. 

It is also one of the most expensive kinds of mango and is grown mainly in Kokan region of western India.

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INDIA 2016 : Mango production in state likely to take a hit this year

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Mangaluru: Vagaries of nature is expected to take a toll on the production of King of Fruits - Mango - in Karnataka this year. A combination of failure of pre-monsoon showers at the flowering and growth stage and spike in temperature in mango growing belt of the state is expected to limit the total production of mango to an estimated 12 lakh tonnes in the current season as against 14 lakh tonnes in the last calendar year.



However, the good news for fruit lovers is that this could see price of mangoes across varieties decrease marginally by 2-3%. This is mainly on account of 'import' of the fruit from other mango-growing states in India, said M Kamalakshi Rajanna, chairperson, Karnataka State Mango Development and Marketing Corporation Ltd.




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