I just returned from the Colorfield Farms Mango Festival on S. R. 674 in Wimauma, Florida. (The farm is 5 miles east of Hwy 301.) The Mango Festival is one of four similar "agri-tourism events" held at the farm annually.
My favorite Mango on the tasting table, called Glenn, is in the 9 o'clock position in the picture. The Limen, in the 6 o'clock position was pretty good too. Who knew there were so many different varieties of mangoes? I always thought a mango was a mango, but I counted at least 6 or 7 different varieties of mangoes for sale at the garden stand.
We picked up 8 or 9 mangoes, in various stages of ripeness - green, red, pink, and yellow. If my strategy works correctly, we'll have mangoes for an after supper desert tonight, mangoes for a treat on Wednesday after work, and mangoes for a mid-afternoon snack next Sunday. Hint: Mangoes will ripen on the counter top, but please don't refrigerate them. It probably won't turn out too well.
We also sat through a short presentation given by a Master Gardener that answered questions about mangoes - everything you wanted to know about mangoes and a little more you didn't know you wanted to know but found interesting anyway!
Did you kow that mangoes are native to India?
Did you know you can grow mangoes successfully in Central Florida?
Did you know growing mangoes helps improve air quality?
Did you know ordinary Christmas lights will help keep your mango trees from freezing in the winter?
The mango originated in Southeast Asia where it has been grown for over 4,000 years. Over the years mango groves have spread to many parts of the tropical and sub-tropical world, where the climate allows the mango to grow best. Mango trees are evergreens that will grow to 60 feet tall.