There's not much improvement in the supply of mangos yet. The only noticeable difference today was that more Florigons were ready to pick. Florigon is not a major mango for us, so the impact on the supply is negligible.
Today's meager picking includes Florigon and Beverly, and very few of Cogshall, Jakarta, Glenn and Carrie.
Of course we will check for more mangos and other fruit tomorrow.
Mango supply is still low, but we will check every tree before2:00. Some immature mangos for pickles will be available. Earlier today we made some fresh mango pickles for the first time. It was easy, and they are delicious!
We will have a few mangos of the following varieties...
There will be fewer mangos this Saturday than there were last Saturday. Instead of an increasing supply of mangos peaking in late June or early July, the mangos are coming in waves this year. We have lots of fruit on the trees, it's just not ready to pick yet.
We are close to the end of the first crop of Cogshall, Lemon Meringue, Fairchild and Glenn. Now is the time to get these varieties... it'll be a long wait for their second crops. Also, the quantity of mangos that will be available will probably drop after this week, but then pick up once Valencia Pride is ready to pick.
SPECIAL TODAY.... Turpentine mango...$1 per pound!
This is an unusual mango season. A few varieties bloomed early and therefore have mature fruit now. Most of our trees have very small fruit which (hopefully) will mature much later than their normal season. June might be a slow month for mangos, but we might have lychee then.
I'll try to video the SE part of our grove this weekend, so that you can see the progress of our different mango varieties.
'Mulgoba' is a great mango variety! It was introduced to Florida in 1889 from India and first fruited in West Palm Beach. It has tender, melting and juicy flesh with a rich, spicy and sweet flavor. There is little fiber in the flesh.
Jaboticaba, or "Tree Grape" is native to Brazil, and is related to crape myrtle. Fruit attach directly to interior branches, and not to branch tips like many other fruits. The flavor and texture are similar to a muscadine grape. Jaboticaba is commonly eaten fresh, usually without consuming the skin. It's also made into juice, jelly, marmalade, and wine.
Fruit available will include:
Spotlight on Black Sapote
It's peak Black Sapote season! Also known as black persimmon and chocolate pudding fruit, Black Sapote has green skin and a deep chocolate brown flesh. The fruit has a mild and sweet flavor with a pudding-like consistency. Black Sapote can be eaten fresh, mixed with orange juice for a delicious drink, mixed with whipped cream for a tasty dessert, pureed with mango, etc and dehydrated, and used in baked goods. The fruit is picked green and ripens to dark gray-green color and becomes soft as a marshmallow. Samples available tomorrow!