Beverly (mango)

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Beverly mangoes at the 2010 Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden's International Mango Festival in Coral Gables, Florida.

The 'Beverly' mango (or, 'Beverley') is a named mango cultivar that originated in south Florida.

History[edit]

'Beverly' was a reportedly a 'Haden' seedling selected by the Zill family of Boynton Beach, Florida. However a 2005 pedigree analysis estimated that the 'Cushman' cultivar was the parent.[1]

'Beverly' did not gain widespread commercial acceptance due to the fruit's lack of color at maturity. However, it did gain popularity as a dooryard cultivar due to its flavor, disease resistance, and late ripening season, and is now sold as nursery stock in Florida. 'Beverly' was selected as a curator's choice mango by the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden for their 2008[2] and 2009 mango festivals.

'Beverly' trees are planted in the collections of the USDA's germplasm repository in Miami, Florida,[3] the University of Florida's Tropical Research and Education Center in Homestead, Florida,[4] and the Miami-Dade Fruit and Spice Park,[5] also in Homestead.

Description[edit]

The fruit is of round to oval shape, with no or minimal lateral beak. Weight can vary from a pound to 3 pounds. At maturity, the fruit remains largely green with some yellow. The flesh has no fiber, is rich in flavor, and contains a monoembryonic seed. It ripens from July to August in Florida.

The tree has a low growth spreading habit, and can be kept under 20 feet.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Cecile T. Olano; Raymond J. Schnell; Wilber E. Quintanilla and Richard J. Campbell (2005). "Pedigree analysis of Florida mango cultivars" (118). Proc. Fla. State Hort. Soc. p. 193. 
  2. ^ http://www.fairchildgarden.org/uploads/docs/Mango%2008%20program%20low%20res.pdf
  3. ^ http://www.ars-grin.gov/cgi-bin/npgs/acc/display.pl?1089557 USDA, ARS, National Genetic Resources Program. Germplasm Resources Information Network - (GRIN). [Online Database] National Germplasm Resources Laboratory, Beltsville, Maryland.
  4. ^ http://trec.ifas.ufl.edu/crane/pdfs/TREC-Fruit-Collections.pdf Page 2, #9
  5. ^ http://fruitandspicepark.org/friends/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=43&Itemid=29

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