Rosigold

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A Display of Rosigold mangoes at the 2010 International Mango Festival at the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden in Coral Gables, Florida.

The Rosigold (or Rosy Gold) mango is a named, early season mango cultivar that was selected in south Florida.

History[edit]

Rosigold is of Southeast Asian heritage,[1] and may have been a seedling of a Saigon-type mango. A 2005 pedigree analysis estimated that Rosigold was a seedling of the Ono mango.[2]

Due to its low growth habit, Rosigold has been promoted in Florida as a mango for home growers with limited space, as well those who desire an early fruiting variety. Rosigold is now sold as nurserystock and often marketed as a 'condo mango' because it can be grown and maintained in a pot.

Rosigold trees are planted in the collections of the University of Florida's Tropical Research and Education Center[3] in Homestead, Florida as well as the Miami-Dade Fruit and Spice Park,[4] also in Homestead.

Description[edit]

The fruit averages under a pound in weight and is oblong in shape with a smooth surface. The apex is bluntly pointed and the fruit lacks a beak. At maturity the skin is yellow in color, sometimes containing an orange-red blush. The flesh is orange-yellow in color, fiberless, and has a rich, sweet flavor. It contains a polyembryonic seed. Rosigold's fruit production is considered good. The fruit begin ripening in March in Florida, making Rosigold one of the earliest ripening cultivars.

The trees have a small growth habit and can be maintained at 8 feet in height with pruning.

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