Jamaicans love mangoes with a passion and would readily tell you that, for the most part, their favorite types of mangoes would be either Julie or East Indian, or maybe Number 11.

There are several other species available but Jamaicans in general seem to have a knack of not knowing the names of these fruits outside the more popular ones that would also include Green Gauge, Sweetie, Blackie, Haden and a few others.

Also, some mangoes are known by various local names and the name you hear for a mango when you’re in Ocho Rios could be a different name you hear for the same fruit if you were to visit Negril.

 Mango was introduced to Jamaica in the 1700s after the English captured a French ship on which the plant was.  

Today, mangoes are grown all over Jamaica. In some areas of rural Jamaica, you will find mango trees growing by the roadside, oftentimes the result of someone eating the fruit and nonchalantly tossing the seed away.

But usually these plants turn out to be Stringy, (otherwise called common mango), or maybe Green Gauge, Number 11, Sweetie or other species of the more popular types of mangoes.

You wouldn’t normally find a Julie or East Indian tree growing loosely by the roadside. These mangoes are considered cream of the crop and are cultivated formally and command the highest prices in Jamaica…and with good cause; they’re the most delicious!

Mango trees are among a group of favorite fruit trees that Jamaicans love to have in their yards. Most of them will tell you that it is the only must-have tree they need.   

Here, we give you a list of 15 of the most popular species of mango grown in Jamaica (in alphabetical order).

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  • Beefy
  • Blackie
  • Bombay
  • East Indian
  • Green Gauge
  • Haden
  • Hairy
  • Julie
  • Kidney
  • Long
  • Number 11
  • Robin
  • Stringy
  • Turpentine

 

 

 For a stranger to Jamaica, it would be easy to tell when it’s mango season on the island.

Along the street sides of major towns, you will find vendors with trays, bags or boxes of mangoes, for the most part willing to negotiate a price for the delicious, juicy, meaty fruits.

And if you’re driving along a country road, it’s not uncommon to come upon a section of the road littered with mangoes that had fallen from over hanging trees.

Typically, any time between April and September, mangoes could be in season in Jamaica.

Now, if a Jamaican should get lost in the countryside, he wouldn’t mind, as long as it’s mango season and the fruits are accessible.

That assertion sums up the passion that Jamaicans have for mangoes and one would readily tell you that “Mango season nice!”

Growing up as a kid in rural Jamaica, the best part of summer would be going to mango “walk” (when used this way, “walk” is a Jamaican term for orchard) to gather mangoes and then eating them right there underneath the tree.

 Usually in a mango walk you will find species such as Number 11, Stringy, Green Gauge or Sweetie, as these are the types that are mostly available across the Jamaican landscape and would also fetch a lower price in the market place.

The more expensive types, such as Julie and East Indian, are usually grown in a more protected environment and would not necessarily be found in a mango walk.

 Nutritionally, mangoes offer high value for money. They are rich in vitamins A, B6, C, E and K, niacin, folate, thiamine, riboflavin, potassium, magnesium, calcium, iron and more. Jamaicans just eat ‘em for the love of it!

A St. Ann based tour company has been giving visitors and locals alike a Taste of Jamiaca through a 360 degree tour in the Garden Parish.

The tour brings together a mix of visits to places of interest, sightseeing spots, historical locales and farms. As the tour swings through iconic spots in St. Ann, guests on tour are also given an explanation and analyses of plants by the roadside, the naming of significant herbs and pointed to features of the landscape.

North Coast Times was among guests on Wednesday, April 12 when the first stop on the tour was the ecologically rich Fern Gully, at Colegate. Later there was a stop at historical Walkerswood before the team swung up to Golden Grove with a scheduled stop at Golden Grove Basic School. Then it was on to farms at Claremont where there was interaction with coffee farmers and also with potato growers. Then it was on through agricultural communities, including Higgin Town, Lime Hall and back to coastal St. Ann’s Bay where the history of the police station was laid bare and the home of Jamaica’s first National Hero, Marcus Garvey visited. Then it was back to Priory/Richmond where guests had lunch of traditional dishes and a menu of local foods, served in gourdies or calabash. There was also live dancing and Drumming.

An all-inclusive, eco-friendly culinary experience

Carl Gilchrist Gleaner Hospitality Jamaica Writer

Lascells and Elizabeth Broderick have developed and launched a tour aimed at highlighting some of St Ann’s natural offerings and are pleased with the response, so far, from tour operators and guests. Described as an all-inclusive eco-friendly culinary experience, The Taste of Jamaica Authentic Tour offers eco sightseeing, beach cooking, real Jamaican food, and music. And you can add dance lessons for the fun of it.

The tour begins in Ocho Rios and ends on a beachside property in Priory. In between, the tour takes you on a journey through Fern Gully, where craft vendors display their wares – you see the wide variety of Jamaican ferns that gave the gully its name – through the community of Colegate and on to Golden Grove, where if you’re lucky, you will catch the children at play during break time at the local primary school. Moving on to Claremont, the rustic country setting, green hills and valley, houses perched on hillsides, farmers in their field, Jamaicans playing dominoes at roadside shops, all go together to make the experience uniquely Jamaican. All throughout the tour, the knowledgeable driver will keep you informed and educate you about things Jamaican. After Claremont, you make a stop at a coffee plantation in Higgin Town then pass by Liberty Hill Great House in Lime Hall and Marcus Garvey’s former home in St Ann’s Bay before moving on to a beachside property for the other side of the experience. Here, you sample a wide range of in-season Jamaican fruits, try your hand at jerking chicken, then have it and taste Jamaica’s national dish, ackee and saltfish. Be entertained by recorded reggae music and an African themed dance group that is more than happy to teach you dance moves to match every Jamaican beat from ska to rocksteady to reggae and dancehall. And there’s more. Broderick said the grand finale at the beachfront will see guests being served a typical Jamaican lunch that includes ground provisions such as yam and potato, along with ackee and salt fish and jerked chicken.

“We also have a live entertainment section where the guests learn to do the Jamaican dancehall dances,” she said. “Guests who have been on the tour just love the dancing. They love learning how to jerk and love eating the jerked chicken. They love Jamaican fruits. They love the Jamaican countryside, especially the coffee plantation.” Several tour representatives who have been on the course have given the new tour the thumbs up.

According to Moon Palace’s vacation planner sales supervisor Nickesha Clarke, “I would say it’s really Jamaican. It’s cultural and different. It more tells you about what we grow in Jamaica and what you see when you’re off the main thoroughfare. It’s a good tour.” Georgia Black, vacation planner, also of Moon Palace, said at first that she thought the Taste of Jamaica tour was all about food but said after the tour: “I got a taste of Jamaica on a different side as it relates to tasting the richness of our culture. I got to learn a whole lot of stuff. For persons coming from the outside wanting to know more about Jamaica, nothing was watered down. This is the perfect tour. I love it! I love it!” Britney Campbell of Amstar DMC Jamaica was impressed with the educational value of the tour. “It was very good, very educational and informative about island Jamaica. It’s a good tour to learn more about Jamaica,” she said. Visit taste www.tasteofjamaicatours.com for more information.

 

Shanna Gay from Grand Bahía Príncipe about to sample the Jamaican food provided by Taste of Jamaica Tour.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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