Madame Francique is a premium quality yellow mango. It is a large, flattened, kidney-shaped fruit with light-green skin which becomes slightly yellowish on ripening. The flesh is sweet with a rich flavour; orange in colour and with a low incidence of fibre: one of the best mangoes in the Caribbean.
“The mango tree is probably best known in Haiti. The fruit is highly esteemed and everywhere along the roads in the shade of small tents of sacking, we encounter sellers. Old and young, rich and poor, are pleased to taste this delicious tropical fruit that can be consumed without any preparation. The tree is usually large and covers a fairly wide area. Of graceful shape, it is one of the jewels of the flora of Haiti, beautifying the landscape, while providing the tired walker or worker the benevolent shadow of its thick foliage. The mango is valuable in this country or there are quite a number of varieties.”
Lewis Y. Leonard, MS and G. Pierre Sylvain
From JMB SA
Grown in: Haiti; Dominican Republic; some new plantings in Ecuador.
Haitian growing areas (and harvest times) are as follows:
Leogane: October – December
The Plaine de Cul de Sac: November – February
Arcahaie and Cabaret: January – March
Artibonite: April – June
Central Plateau: May – June
Gros Morne – Port-de-Paix: June – September
Newly developed production areas such as Les Cayes and Jacmel are providing excellent quality mangoes.
Harvest & Availability:
Haiti: October to September
For marketing in Europe:
Mme Francique are not exported to Europe on a regular basis, though may be found in France.