Hosted by Janet Keeler
There are more than 30 varieties of mangoes and 600 hybrids at the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden grown by Dr. Noris Ledesma and her team. The International Mango Festival celebrates the varieties, history and recipes that can be created with the different mangoes.
Janet Keeler had the sweet treat of going to Miami’s International Mango Festival. It’s a showcase of the wildly varied tropical fruit that most people don’t know comes in more than 30 ancestral fruits with over 600 hybrids. Tasting mango can be similar to a wine tasting with the sophisticated hints of cross-pollinated flowers and levels of sweet and sour that tease the palate.
Florida’s mangoes crops and recipes are part of our rich history. Janet Keeler talks with Dr. Noris Ledesma, the curator of Tropical Fruit at the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, about how Florida grows mango trees and the issues impacting Florida’s crops. Dr. Ledesma talks about the importance of embracing imperfect looking fruit because creating the perfect fruit can limit varieties and leads to unnecessary food waste.
“‘Flavor is so attached with the roots, the environment,”
– Dr. Noris Ledesmda, Tropical Fruit Curator at the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden in Coral Gables