Kent

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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 and of medium to large in size. It is oval-shaped with mainly a green/yellow background colour and sometimes with a red blush. The peel remains green/yellow, even when ripe and ready to eat. The attractive orange flesh is fibre-free with a slightly 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.

Good Fruit Guide Rating: ***; from Peru ****

Kent is a reliable mango and can be very satisfying, particularly from Peru in mid-late season.

Sweet, fleshy, juicy

Names: Kent

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