THE CHANGING FACE OF CULTIVARS FOR THE WESTERN HEMISPHERE
Red-skinned cultivars continue to dominate the Western Hemisphere export market, relying heavily on their eye-appeal in the consumer marketplace. However, yellow-skinned mangos are now recognized as a quality product in the market. Ataulfo has shown the most change over the past 5 years with increased planting and imports to the United States. Interest is still high and imports should continue to increase, at least in the short term. Kent has shown significant increase in volume in the past 5 years, with its use as a fresh fruit and for products; planting continues and imports should increase in the near future. Keitt is also with increased planting and interest throughout the Western Hemisphere, but it is unclear if the trend will continue. Tommy Atkins acreage has eroded in the last 5 years and there is little interest in planting, except in the area of organics. Haden acreage also continues to erode in the Western Hemisphere and there is little interest in planting. Madame Francis is grown almost predominantly in Haiti and shipped to the United States and its importation has remained steady until the recent earthquake in 2010. Cultivars of minor importance but growing interest include Carabao, Manila, Nam Doc Mai, Alphonso, Kesar, Totapuri, Edward, Osteen and Palmer.
Campbell, R.J. and Ledesma, N. (2013). THE CHANGING FACE OF CULTIVARS FOR THE WESTERN HEMISPHERE. Acta Hortic. 992, 55-58
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