What Are the Different Types of Mangos?

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What Are the Different Types of Mangos?
There are a variety of types of mangoes to choose from. (Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images)

Mangoes are tasty fruits that are grown in tropical areas throughout the world; the majority of mangoes are cultivated in India. These fruits vary in size, colour and flavour; according to Purdue University's Horticulture department, mangoes are often shades of green, yellow and red, and possess thick, leathery skins. While there are hundreds of types of mangoes, there are several in particular that are currently in commercial demand.


Kent mangoes are large fruits that, according to Purdue University's Horticulture department, are juicy and sweet in flavour. These mangoes have greenish-yellow skin with both a grey bloom and a red blush that is susceptible to black spots. The flesh of Kent mangoes, which are in season in the months of July, August and September, is fibre-less. Kent mangoes ship well but are often treated with ethylene, prior to being sold, to bolster the colour.

Tommy Atkins

Tommy Atkins mangoes, as stated by the horticulture department of Purdue University, were adopted for commercial distribution in the 1950s. These oval-shaped mangoes are between medium and large in size with thick skin that is orange, yellow and red and purple in colour. The flesh of Tommy Atkins mangoes is dark yellow with medium fibre. In season from May to July, Tommy Atkins mangoes have long shelf lives and tend to taste poorly if subjected to too much irrigation and fertilisation.


Keitt mangoes are large fruits with yellow skin that has a light purple bloom and a red blush. In season in August and September, or July and August, Keitt mangoes have yellow, fibre-less flesh, except for the area near the seed, and are sweet in flavour. These fruits, which are oval in shape, have skin that is medium in thickness with many yellow, or red, lenticels. In a similar fashion to Kent mangoes, Keitt mangoes are treated with ethylene after harvesting to improve the colour.


Sensation mangoes, according to the horticulture department of Purdue University, have been grown for commercial purposes since 1949. Shipped in smaller quantities than other popular types of mangoes, Sensation mangoes are oval in shape and medium, to small, in size. These fruits have thin, yellow-orange skin with a dark red blush. The yellow flesh of Sensation mangoes is firm, possesses little fibre and has a sweet, mild taste.

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