Kent (mango)

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Mangifera 'Kent'
'Kent' mangoes at the Redland Summer Fruit Festival, Fruit and Spice Park, Homestead, Florida
Hybrid parentage'Brooks' × 'Haden'
OriginFlorida, USA

The 'Kent' mango is a named mango cultivar that originated in south Florida.


The original tree, a seedling of the Brooks cultivar started in September 1932, was planted on January 1, 1933 on the property of Leith D. Kent[1] in Coconut Grove, Florida.[2][3] Kent was reportedly a cross between Brooks and Haden, which a 2005 pedigree analysis supported.[4][5] The tree first bore fruit in 1938. It was selected, named, and described in 1945. Kent quickly rose in popularity in Florida for its excellent taste and lack of fiber. The tree was susceptible to anthracnose, however, and the fruit's poor shelf life limited its commercial scale in Florida.

Kent is grown on a limited commercial scale outside of the United States, particularly in Latin America.[6] Today it is still widely grown as a nursery stock tree for home growing in Florida, where it remains popular. Kent is a parent of several other Florida mangoes, including Young and possibly Gold Nugget and Jakarta.

Original 'Kent' mango tree,
Coconut Grove, Florida

Kent trees are planted in the collections of the USDA's germplasm repository in Miami, Florida,[7] the University of Florida's Tropical Research and Education Center in Homestead, Florida,[8] and the Miami–Dade Fruit and Spice Park,[9] also in Homestead. The original tree still stands in Coconut Grove.

In France, Kent is the main imported cultivar,[10][11] with imports coming mainly from South America and Africa.[12][13]


The tree is a vigorous grower, with a compact canopy and an upright growth habit.[14] It can get quite tall (in excess of 30 feet (9.1 m)) if allowed to do so. Kent trees generally produce a large crop.

The fruit typically weighs 20 to 26 ounces (570–740 g), is of oval shape, and has a rich, sweet flavor. It will usually turn a greenish-yellow color with some red blush as it matures. The seed is monoembryonic and will have a tendency to sprout in the fruit if left on the tree too long when ripening. The fruit typically matures from July to August in Florida,[15] sometimes into September.[16]


  1. ^ "Mangos in Florida". Retrieved 10 May 2017.
  2. ^ Brooks, Reid Merrifield; Olmo, Harold Paul (1 January 1952). "Register of New Fruit and Nut Varieties, 1920-1950". University of California Press. Retrieved 10 May 2017 – via Google Books.
  3. ^,1904249&dq=kent+mango&hl=en[dead link]
  4. ^ "PEDIGREE ANALYSIS OF FLORIDA MANGO CULTIVARS" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2010-06-18. Retrieved 2010-05-08.
  5. ^ zesscom. "Mango, Mangifera indica". Archived from the original on 7 January 2017. Retrieved 10 May 2017.
  6. ^ "Mango Kent:.Dulce, jugoso y con las mejores propiedades • C.Benamayor". Retrieved 10 May 2017.
  7. ^ 'Kent', Maintained by: Natl. Germplasm Repository - Miami USDA, ARS, National Genetic Resources Program. Germplasm Resources Information Network - (GRIN). National Germplasm Resources Laboratory, Beltsville, Maryland.
  8. ^ Tropical Research and Education Center Tropical Fruit Collections Archived 2018-04-08 at the Wayback Machine Page 4, #55
  9. ^ "Friends of the Fruit & Spice Park - Plant and Tree List 2008". Archived from the original on 2010-07-11. Retrieved 2010-11-14.
  10. ^ [1] Archived 2012-04-25 at the Wayback Machine Source of Sept 2009 consulted on 21/10/2011
  11. ^ "La oportunidad de la distribución de mango Kent en Europa". Retrieved 10 May 2017.
  12. ^ "Cultivars". Archived from the original on 24 October 2018. Retrieved 10 May 2017.
  13. ^ "Bio Mango Kent online kaufen - Gegessen wird immer". Gegessen wird immer. Archived from the original on 5 February 2016. Retrieved 10 May 2017.
  14. ^ Campbell, Richard J. (1992). A Guide to Mangos in Florida. Fairchild Tropical Garden. p. 95. ISBN 0-9632264-0-1.
  15. ^ Table 1
  16. ^ "Mango". Retrieved 10 May 2017.

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