Elbridge Gale is responsible for nurturing mango in Palm Beach county from the Mulgoba trees gifted to the USDA from India in the late 1800s and ended up in South Florida.
In 1902, Captain John J. Haden planted mango seedlings he had obtained from Reverend Gale on his Coconut Grove farm south of Miami.
As the trees grew and matured, one tree in particular produced a delicious fruit. The trees were tended by Haden’s wife Florence as Captain Haden had passed away only a year after planting the trees.
The Haden mango was an accidental cross between the Mulgoba mango from Gale and a “turpentine” mango, a variety with poor taste and texture, but excellent root stock.
The Haden cultivar is still a popular backyard variety, but disease and fungus stopped commercial production many years ago.