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Discover the sweet secrets of mangoes grown in Florida

Mangoes grown in Florida

The UF/IFAS online workshop will take place on May 21st

What makes Florida-grown mangoes a product that farmers and enthusiasts alike love? Find out on May 21st at a free online Mango Growers workshop. (UF/IFAS photos)

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – What does Mangoes grown in Florida a product that growers and enthusiasts alike love? Find out on May 21st at a free online Mango Growers workshop.

Whether you grow, pick, package, sell or simply enjoy mangoes, scientists from the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) invite you to participate in the workshop focused on phenology, flavor, Flavor and consumer focused acceptance and post-harvest practices for mangoes grown in Florida.

Event details:

Date: Tuesday, May 21, 2024

Time: 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m

Location: Online via Zoom. Please register here Register in advance to receive your unique Zoom link for the event.

“This workshop is a must for anyone involved in the mango industry or with a keen interest in mangoes grown and cultivated in Florida,” he said Jonathan Cranea UF/IFAS professor of horticultural sciences and extension tropical fruit specialist UF/IFAS Tropical Research and Education Center (TREC) in Homestead.

UF/IFAS scientists and Extension agents will cover topics critical to understanding and improving the mango growing and eating experience.

Did you know that consumers prefer it Many locally grown mango varieties such as 'Edward', 'Palmer', 'Rosigold', 'Maha Chinook' and 'Southern Blush' instead of the standard 'Tommy Atkins' mango available at major grocery chains, according to tests conducted by Charles Sims . a UF/IFAS scientist in the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition?

This speaks to the specialty mango market that Florida is now known for and represents a highlight of the workshop.

In Florida, commercial mango production is taking place in the southern part of the state, particularly in Miami-Dade, Lee and Palm Beach counties, where more than 2,500 acres are designated for cultivation, according to U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates from the 2017 Census of Agriculture. South Florida's mango season plays an important role in the state's economy, providing jobs and income for local tropical fruit growers and the companies that sell and use them throughout the state.

Register today for an exciting and informative session.

Here are the agenda highlights of the program:

Agenda:

13 o'clock Florida's Mango Industry. Speaker: Jeff Wasielewski, UF/IFAS Tropical Fruit Sales Representative.

1:20 p.m Examples of growth phases of selected mango varieties in Florida. Speaker: Jonathan Crane, UF/IFAS tropical fruit crop specialist.

1:40 p.m Examples of mango taste and aroma diversity of selected mango varieties. Speaker: Yu Wang, UF/IFAS food scientist.

14 o'clock Results of consumer tasting of the mango variety. Speaker: Charlie Sims, UF/IFAS food scientist.

2:20 p.m Harvest maturity and post-harvest treatment to maximize fruit quality for small farms and packers. Speaker: Jeff Brecht, UF/IFAS post-harvest physiologist.

–Lourdes Mederos, UF/IFAS

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