Kensington Pride is the most popular variety grown in Australia. It is grown throughout Australia's subtropical and tropical regions. The major production areas are Queensland Dry Tropics*, Atherton Tablelands, Central Queensland, South East Queensland, northern New South Wales, Darwin and Katherine, and Kununurra and Carnarvon.
The variety was first discovered in Bowen, North Queensland, but is thought to have originated as a seed imported on a shipping line from India. Kensington Pride has been known under several different names, including Bowen, Bowen Special or Kensington. Although this variety is the most popular in Australia, it is not grown commercially overseas.
Although Kensington Pride is prized in Australia for its unique flavour, it is an irregular bearer with poor flowering in the northern regions and poor fruit set in the southern production areas.
- Weight - 300-600 g
- Average length - 106 mm
- Shape - Ovate
- Flesh fibre - Medium
- Fruit flavour - Sweet, tangy
- Percentage flesh recovery - 63 per cent
R2E2 is a mid-season variety with large, highly coloured fruit. It was selected in 1982 by Ian Bally, Ross Wright and Peter Beal as a seedling progeny of the Florida variety Kent, and takes its name from the row and position in the field of the original tree at the DEEDI´s Bowen Research Station.
Released for commercial production in 1991, R2E2 has gained wide acceptance throughout all mango-growing regions in Australia and is the third most popular variety grown. R2E2 has a long shelf life and is sought after on the export market.
- Fruit shape - Round ovate*
- Fruit weight - 600 g-1 kg
- Fruit ground colour - Green-yellow
- Fruit blush - Orange red
- Lenticels - Small and yellow
- Pulp colour - Lemon yellow
- Pulp fibre - Low
- Pulp firmness - Firm
- Pulp recovery - 77 per cent
- Fruit flavour - Sweet mild flavour
The Honey Gold mango was discovered as an accident of nature in a Kensington Pride mango orchard in Rockhampton in 1995. This exceptional mango was created when a Kensington Pride flower was cross pollinated with an unknown mango variety. It just so happened that this cross pollinated flower produced a piece of fruit whose seed was then replanted to be destined for a new orchard. This unique seed grew into a tree that was discovered when the fruit it produced was different to all its neighbors in the orchard. The Rockhampton farmer who discovered the tree recognized it as something special and proceeded to have the new variety officially registered, and hence the Honey Gold was born. The original tree still stands in the orchard in Rockhampton today.
Honey Gold stands apart from other varieties. Three characteristics are particularly relevant to the highly successful market appeal of the fruit:
- Appearance - Once ripe, the skin of the Honey Gold is a brilliant golden apricot yellow with a glossy self-polishing natural waxy coating.
- Eating Quality - Honey Gold has a rich, sweet and aromatic flavour with a firm but juicy, fibre-free flesh. During blind taste tests, participants rated the Honey gold either equal or superior to any other mango variety, both in flavour and texture.
- Shelf Life - The shelf life of the Honey Gold is excellent - the fruit can be kept for several weeks in cool conditions.