AVOCADOS

      


HASS

Introduced into Southern California by amateur horticulturist Rudolph Hass in 1926, and later patented in 1935, the Hass cultivar is the most commercially popular avocado worldwide.

Flavor: Buttery, mild, and slightly sweet
Texture: Smooth and creamy
Color: Bright yellow and green
Shape: Ovoid
Ripening Cues: Skin turns from green to purple/black, yields slightly to pressure
Peak Availability: September to November

Not available in the USA.

MANGOES

  


HONEY (ATAULFO)

The Ataulfo mango was discovered in the 1950’s in the Soconusco region in Chiapas, Mexico, and began commercial production in the 1960’s.

Flavor: Sweet and creamy
Texture: Smooth, firm flesh with no fibers
Color: Vibrant yellow
Shape: Small, flattened oval shape
Ripening Cues: Skin turns to a deep golden color and small wrinkles appear when fully ripe. Squeeze gently to judge ripeness.
Peak Availability: March to July

 


HADEN

The fruiting of the Haden mango in 1910 inspired the creation of a large-scale mango industry in South Florida.

Flavor: Rich, with aromatic overtones
Texture: Firm flesh due to fine fibers
Color: Bright red with green and yellow overtones and small white dots
Shape: Medium to large with an oval to round shape
Ripening Cues: Green areas of the mango turn to yellow as it ripens. Squeeze gently to judge ripeness.
Peak Availability: April to July

 


KENT

Originating from Florida in the 1940’s, Kents are ideal mangos for juicing and drying.

Flavor: Sweet and rich
Texture: Juicy, tender flesh with limited fibers
Color: Dark green and often has a dark red blush over a small portion of the mango
Shape: Large oval shape
Ripening Cues: Kents have yellow undertones or dots that cover more of the mango as it ripens. Squeeze gently to judge ripeness.
Peak Availability: June to August

 


TOMMY ATKINS

Hailing originally from Florida, Tommy Atkins is the most widely grown commercial variety coming into the United States.

Flavor: Sweet and rich
Texture: Juicy, tender flesh with limited fibers
Color: Dark green and often has a dark red blush over a small portion of the mango
Shape: Large oval shape
Ripening Cues: Kents have yellow undertones or dots that cover more of the mango as it ripens. Squeeze gently to judge ripeness.
Peak Availability: June to August

 

PINEAPPLES

  


GOLD MD-2

MD-2 is a hybrid pineapple originated in the breeding program of the now-defunct Pineapple Research Institute in Hawaii, which conducted research on behalf of Del Monte, Maui Land and Pineapple, and Dole. Del Monte took the MD-2 to its plantations in Costa Rica, found it to be well-suited to growing there, and launched it publicly in 1996.

Flavor: Very sweet and low-acidity
Texture: Small core size, resistant to internal browning
Color: Bright gold
Shape: Cylindrical
Ripening Cues: Skin turns to a vibrant amber
Peak Availability: August to November

 


Smooth Cayenne

Smooth Cayenne was selected and cultivated by Indians in Venezuela long ago and introduced from Cayenne (French Guyana) in 1820. From there it reached the Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew, England, where it was improved and distributed to Jamaica and Queensland, Australia.

Flavor: Rich and mildly acidic
Texture: Close-textured, firm, and juicy
Color: Pale-yellow to yellow
Shape: Ovoid
Ripening Cues: Progressively turns yellow from the base to the top
Peak Availability: August to November

 

WATERMELONS

  


Watermelon

TBD

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Peak Availability: January to March

 

ALSO AVAILABLE

 

BLACKBERRIES

Jackfruit

Papayas

SOURSOP

RASPBERRIES