We all know what apples and oranges taste like, but what about the tropical goodness that are mangoes? Sweet in taste, perfect on their own or in a smoothie, there is a lot of goodness in a mango.
How many types of mangoes are there?
There are almost 300 different type of mangoes in the world. They love to grow in warm, tropical places, such as Florida and India. However, while there are so many types of mangoes, only about 30 are consumed on a global scale.
20 Popular Types of Mango
Sein Ta Lone
Grown in Myanmar, Sein Ta Lone mangoes are aromatic and juicy. They have a creamy texture and are not very fibrous.
Sein Ta Lone mangoes have a light green color that turns to yellow as they ripen. They are incredibly sweet.
Also known as the king of mangoes, Alphonso mangoes have their origins in India and are incredibly juicy and sweet.
This large variety of mango has a bright yellow skin with soft orange undertones. Inside, you fill find a rich golden-red flesh that is creamy and not too fibrous.
Alphonso mangoes are often used in smoothies and sorbets. And, of course, you can always sink your teeth right into this juicy fruit.
Keitt mangoes are grown in Florida and are incredibly popular. They have a long, oval shape and become a dark green with hints of red blushing as they ripen.
Inside, you will find a deep yellow pulp that is slightly fibrous. The taste is a mixture of sweet and tangy and is perfect for making chutneys.
One of the most common mango varieties, Tommy Atkins mangoes come from Florida. They have a lovely oval shape and are quite large.
When you bite into Tommy Atkins mangoes, you will find a bright yellow flesh that is firm and fibrous. The pulp has a subtle sweetness to it and can be enjoyed freshly sliced, on their own, or in a salad.
Incredibly large in size, Palmer mangoes can actually weigh as much as 2 pounds. This is a hearty mango that grows in both Florida and Brazil.
Outside, Palmer mangoes have an oblong shape and are red and green in color. Inside, you will find a golden yellow flesh that is not fibrous. Their lovely texture makes Palmer mangoes perfect for smoothies.
While there are many types of mangoes from India, the Neelam variety is surely ranked as one of the finest. They start out green but turn a bright yellow as they ripen.
Inside their oval shape, Neelam mangoes are a delectable combination of sweet and slightly acidic. As these mangoes ripen, they become even sweeter, making them a truly delicious treat.
Grown in India, Dasheri mangoes are sweet in taste and have a lovely, aromatic scent that is quite inviting. Outside, they are a pale green-yellow in color, and inside the flesh is a peachy color.
Dasheri mangoes have an oval shape to them and are quite long. They have a long growing season, and are available from May to August.
Within the realm of Chaunsa mangoes, there are actually three varieties to choose from. You can find sweet Chaunsa, honey Chaunsa, and white Chaunsa mangoes. They all grow in India.
Outside, Chaunsa mangoes have a yellow skin with a red blush to it. They have an oblong shape to them and inside is a soft flesh that is very creamy. Furthermore, they have a lovely aroma that invites anyone to savor this treat.
Overall, Chaunsa mangoes are considered one of the sweetest varieties in the world.
Chances are you’re familiar with Haden mangoes. This is because most mangoes that are grown in Florida are related to this variety in some form.
Haden mangoes have a deep red skin that turns yellow as it ripens. Inside, the flesh is a light yellow color that has thick fibers that keep it firm.
If you’re looking for an all-purpose mango, then Haden mangoes are a solid choice. They can be used in many different recipes because while sweet, their heartier texture won’t turn to mush right away.
With a bright, bold red color when ripe, Irwin mangoes look like a tasty treat, and when you bite into them, you will be amazed at their taste.
Irwin mangoes usually grow in Florida, but can also be found around the world in Australia, Taiwan, and Central America. The yellow pulp inside has no fibers and is perfect for eating fresh or combing it into a smoothie.
Kent mangoes are grown in Florida and have a very sweet taste. They are large with a dark green skin with red punctuations on it. As the red marks turn yellow, you will know these mangoes are ripe.
Kent mangoes are quite versatile. You can enjoy their rich, sweetness right off the tree, or you can juice them and even dehydrate them for later enjoyment. Furthermore, Kent mangoes are great in smoothies, thanks to their tender pulp.
Coming from Northern India, Bombay Green mangoes are sweet and easy to eat. Inside you will find a harder pulp but despite the texture, they are not very fibrous.
Bombay Green mangoes have a deep, aromatic scent to them. Their skin is a deep green, which makes it hard to tell if they are ripe. You may have to gently squeeze these mangoes to tell if they are ready to eat.
While most mangoes are pretty standard, both in taste and appearance, Totapuri mangoes are quite unique. They are oblong in shape with pointed ends, instead of the characteristic rounded bottom.
Furthermore, Totapuri mangoes taste both sweet and sour. They are a truly original taste that shouldn’t be missed.
Another favorite from India, Kesar mangoes have an incredibly sweet taste to them. Furthermore, they have a soft pulp with very few fibers.
Kesar mangoes can definitely be eaten fresh off the tree. They can also be used to make juice, smoothies, and many delicious desserts.
If you travel to India, you will find Badam mangoes instantansously. They are one of the most popular varieties, and when you sink into their delicious, sweet taste, you’ll understand why.
With a bold yellow color, these large mangoes have a hard inside and no fibers.
You can find Chok Anan mangoes in India, Thailand, Bangladesh, and Pakistan. They are sweet in flavor and have a hard inside pulp. Depending on how ripe they are, their insides will have none to medium fibers.
What really makes Chok Anan mangoes unique is that their trees produce fruit in both the winter and summer seasons, making this a readily available fruit.
Grown in India, Amrapali mangoes are actually a hybrid between the Neelam and Dasheri mango varieties. They are small in size, and the trees can actually be grown in containers because they don’t get very big.
While Amrapali mangoes have a sweet taste to them, they do have medium fibers inside their flesh. And, unfortunately, they do not have a very long shelf life.
While most types of mangoes are grown in just a few select places, Graham mangoes hail from Trinidad. These large mangoes are different in appearance from other varieties. They are actually oval-shaped.
While they start off green, Graham mangoes turn a deep yellow as they ripen. Furthermore, their skin is quite bumpy.
Grown in Haiti, Francis mangoes are large in size and can range in color, from light green to a deep orange. Shape-wise, Francis mangoes are flatter than other varieties and curve at the bottom.
Francis mangoes are incredibly sweet and not very fibrous. They have a golden yellow pulp and are delicious when eaten fresh.
Interestingly, Carabao mangoes are the national fruit of the Phillippines. This variety of mangoes is juicy, not too fibrous, and has a lovely, soft flesh.
Carabao mangoes are also known as Manila mangoes, and they are one of the sweetest types of mangoes in the whole world.
Other Less Popular Types of Mangoes
- Jean Ellen
- Kothapalli Kobbari
- Muhammad Wala
- Pineapple Pleasure
- San Felipe
- Vellai Kolomban
- Golden Lippens
- Bennet Alphonso
- Dudhiya Malda
- Bailey’s Marvel
- Pram Kai Mea
- Kohu Amba
- Lemon Meringue
- Anwar Ratol
- Ugly Betty
- Malwana (mango)
- Fazli (mango)
- Kensington Pride
- Nam Doc Mai
- Brahm Kai Meu
- Southern Blush
- Fajri Kalan
- Gold Nugget
- Pim Seng Mun
- Coconut Cream
- Green Willard
- Sweet Tart
- Red Willard
- Himayat / Imam Pasand
- Sammar Bahisht
- Pina Colada
- Po Pyu Kalay
- Alampur Baneshan
- Valencia Pride
- Sophie Fry
- Van Dyke
- Black and Rose
- Tess Pollack
Which is the sweetest mango in the world?
While there are certainly many sweet-tasting mangoes, there are a few that are recognized as the sweetest.
Chaunsa mangoes are grown in India and their creamy flesh produces an aromatic and incredibly sweet taste. Carabao mangoes, which grow in the Philippines, also have a lovely, sweet taste.
Mangoes are a sweet, delicious type of fruit. While they are often overlooked in favor of the more popular apples or oranges, this sometimes underrated fruit should be consumed whenever possible.