Local 'Mango Maniac' Wants To Create A Mango For The Future

Jul 13, 2018
Noris Ledesma Twitter

There are a variety of mangoes found around South Florida: Haden, Mulgoba and East India, Julie. Experts say that the first mangoes arrived to the city in the 1700s--from pirates.

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One of the joys of living in South Florida around this otherwise horrid time of year is mango season. It's the juicy, refreshing antidote to looming clouds and the perennial beads of sweat that appear on your forehead everytime you walk out the front door.

Matias Ocner / WLRN

There are still a few more weeks or so left in mango season. We know the end of the season is a sad time for a lot of you, but it also may come as a relief if you’re somebody who can’t figure out what to do with all the fruit your trees yielded.

11/06/14 - Syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, Special wine correspondent Fred Tasker and WLRN hosts Joseph Cooper and Bonnie Berman interview Jen Karetnick about her latest book is "Mango."  It’s filled with recipes from local chefs.  She tells how she became known as 'Mango Mama' while cultivating her mango orchard of 11 mango trees with charming stories about learning to grow and use mangos. Plus, a history of the Mango gang and many recipes, including ones that are not always associated with mangos. Fred Tasker gives wines suggestions. Tune in Thursday at 1:30 on Topical Currents on 91.3 WLRN.

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Over the weekend, the Fairchild Tropical Botanical Garden hosted the 22nd annual International Mango Festival.

The highlight of the festival was what organizers say is the world's only mango auction.

But according to Dr. Richard Campbell, director of horticulture at Fairchild and auction co-host, the festival is not just for buying and selling mango products. It's educational.

David Samayoa

Summer here is hot and humid--kind of gross. It's the start of hurricane season (groan). However, it's also tropical fruit season. Right in our back yard grows a Seuss-ian wonderland of fruits like monstera deliciosa and white sapote. Perhaps none of these fruits inspires as much obsession as the mango.

07/05/13 - Next time on South Florida Arts Beat, a new documentary, Viva Mango, airs on WLRN TV, Channel 17 starting July 10th. Mango expert Larry Schokman and documentary co-producer Keyvan Antonio Heydari talk about the world’s most beloved fruit. Chef Norman Van Aken serves up A Word On Food.

All In A Day’s Work: A Man And His Mangos

Jul 7, 2011
Trina Sargalski / WLRN

It’s mango season in South Florida. Thanks to our humid climate and poor soil, this region excels at mango growing – only rivaled by Hawaii. The man who knows most about mangoes in Miami is Dr. Richard Campbell, the senior curator of tropical fruit at the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden in Coral Gables.