Fascell

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Mango 'Fascell'
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Display of Fascell mangoes in the Redland Summer Fruit Festival, Fruit and Spice Park, Homestead, Florida
GenusMango
Hybrid parentage'Haden' and 'Brooks'
Cultivar'Fascell'
BreederMichael Fascell
OriginFlorida, USA

The 'Fascell' mango is a named commercial mango cultivar that originated in south Florida.[1][2]

History[edit]

The original tree was grown from a seed planted by Michael Fascell of Miami, Florida in 1929,[3] and was likely a cross between Haden and Brooks.[4] Fascell's intention was to create a variety to fill the gap between the harvesting seasons of Haden and Brooks.[5] The tree first fruited in 1936. Fascell, a nurseryman and prominent member of the Florida Mango Forum, patented the fruit in 1941 (plant patent number 451),[6] making the Fascell one of the first patented mango varieties in Florida. Beginning in 1942 the tree was sold as nursery stock on a small scale. Though it never became a popular dooryard tree, Fascell is still grown on a small commercial scale in Florida.

A Fascell tree is planted in the collection of the University of Florida's Tropical Research and Education Center in Homestead, Florida[7]

Description[edit]

Display of 'Fascell' mangoes in the Tropical Agricultural Fiesta in the Fruit and Spice Park in Homestead, Florida.

The fruit is of oval shape and has no beak, has a laterally compressed appearance, and often appears heart-shaped. It turns yellow at maturity with a distinctive bright carmine colored blush. The flesh is sweet and fiberless, containing a monoembryonic seed.[8] It typically matures from June to July in Florida.

'Fascell' trees are vigorous growers with spreading canopies.

References[edit]

  1. ^ South Florida's fascell mangoes
  2. ^ New variety of mangoes in Florida
  3. ^ http://www.fshs.org/Proceedings/Password%20Protected/1942%20Vol.%2055/116-119%20%28WOLFE%29.pdf
  4. ^ https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=888&dat=19421130&id=abUKAAAAIBAJ&sjid=hk0DAAAAIBAJ&pg=7175,2198620
  5. ^ https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=ILouAAAAIBAJ&sjid=stQFAAAAIBAJ&pg=4849,1451986&dq=fascell+mango&hl=en
  6. ^ http://www.pat2pdf.org/patents/patpp451.pdf
  7. ^ http://trec.ifas.ufl.edu/crane/pdfs/TREC-Fruit-Collections.pdf Page 3, #29
  8. ^ Campbell, Richard J. (1992). A Guide to Mangos in Florida. Fairchild Tropical Garden. p. 59. ISBN 0-9632264-0-1.

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