Valencia Pride

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2 ripe Valencia Pride mangoes (Mangifera indica / Anacardiaceae) from the Ghosh Grove, Rockledge, Florida are shown on each side of a store-bought Ataulfo mango, grown in Mexico.

The 'Valencia Pride' mango is a named late season mango cultivar that originated in south Florida.

History[edit]

The original tree was reportedly grown from a Haden mango seed planted in 1937 on the property of Mrs. Charles Brown in Miami, Florida.[1] The tree first fruited in 1941. A 2005 pedigree analysis estimated that 'Haden' was indeed the parent of 'Valencia Pride'.[2] 'Valencia Pride' fruit was submitted for evaluation by the Florida Mango Forum and propagation was begun by Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Zapaian of Miami.

'Valencia Pride' was recognized for its appearance, excellent production and eating qualities. Over the decades it was propagated throughout Florida both for home growing and commercial plantings. Today 'Valencia Pride' remains one of the more common nurserystock mangoes and is still grown on a limited commercial basis in Florida.

It has been selected as a 'Curator's Choice' mango by the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden's International Mango Festival, most recently in 2009.[3]

'Valencia Pride' trees are planted in the collections of the USDA's germplasm repository in Miami, Florida,[4] the University of Florida's Tropical Research and Education Center in Homestead, Florida,[5] and the Miami-Dade Fruit and Spice Park,[6] also in Homestead.

Description[edit]

The fruit have a sigmoid shape that is long and slender, with a rounded base and rounded apex, and a large apical beak. The fruit is quite large and averages well over a pound at maturity, sometimes reaching 2 pounds. The skin is yellow with much of it typically covered in brilliant crimson blush. The flesh is yellow, nearly fiberless, firm and juicy, with a sweet flavor and aroma.[7] It contains a monoembryonic seed in an elongated husk. The fruit typically ripens from July to August in Florida,[8] making it a late season cultivar. Fruit production is consistent and good, with the fruit being moderately fungus resistant.

'Valencia Pride' trees are very vigorous growers and have a reputation as being among the fastest growing of the Florida mangoes. The trees are capable of growing in excess of 50 feet in height if left unpruned, with large, open, and spreading canopies.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Mango Trees
  2. ^ http://www.crec.ifas.ufl.edu/academics/faculty/burns/pdf/192-197.pdf Page 193
  3. ^ Recipes, Garden, Chickens & more! | Marin Homestead
  4. ^ http://www.ars-grin.gov/cgi-bin/npgs/acc/display.pl?1615355 USDA, ARS, National Genetic Resources Program. Germplasm Resources Information Network - (GRIN). [Online Database] National Germplasm Resources Laboratory, Beltsville, Maryland.
  5. ^ http://trec.ifas.ufl.edu/crane/pdfs/TREC-Fruit-Collections.pdf Page 3, #113
  6. ^ http://fruitandspicepark.org/friends/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=43&Itemid=29
  7. ^ Campbell, Richard J. (1992). A Guide to Mangos in Florida. Fairchild Tropical Garden. p. 181. ISBN 0-9632264-0-1. 
  8. ^ http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/mg216 Table 1