The Kent mango has good reliable, though not exceptional, eating qualities, and is common in supermarkets dues to its ability to maintain quality when transported by sea.
It is a mid to late season mango, so is medium to large in size. It is oval-shaped with mainly a green/yellow background colour and sometimes with a red blush.Â The peel remains green/yellow, even when ripe and ready to eat.Â The attractive orange flesh is fibre-free with a rubbery, firm texture and tends to be very sweet, with a mild flavour and good juice content. Flavour is enhanced when the fruit is left on the tree for longer, though this is rarely conducive to sea-freighting the fruit.
Origin: The Kent mango was discovered in Florida in the 1940s by Leith D. Kent. It originated in Coconut Grove, Florida in 1945 from a seed of the Haden mango variety.
Grown in: Kent is grown in most mango regions, but the big commercial planting are mainly in Central and South America and West Africa, also Israel and Spain.
Harvest & Availability:
- January: Ecuador, Peru
- February: Peru
- March: Peru
- April: Peru
- May: Ivory Coast, Burkina Faso, Gambia
- June: Ivory Coast, Burkina Faso, Gambia
- July: Ivory Coast, Burkina Faso
- August: Senegal, Gambia
- September: Israel, Spain
- October: Brazil
- November: Brazil, Ecuador
- December: Brazil, Ecuador