Get To Know India’s National Fruit in Florida
Spice up your summer holiday in South Florida with the delicious sweetness and unrivalled flavour of the mango. At the Fairchild Tropical Garden in Coral Gables, Miami you can join mango aficionados from all over the world every July in their celebration of this fantastic fruit.
Encounter the world’s largest mango collection with over 500 varieties from around the globe and get to know enthusiastic people who not only dedicate their lives to this magnificent fruit but also love to educate and lecture visitors on everything there is to know about the mango. For example, were you aware that some Japanese growers produce the most perfectly shaped and exquisitely looking mango which can sell at an astonishing 200 dollars a piece?
Don’t worry though, it’s not all about the educational aspect since there’s a lot of fun things to do as well. If you’re travelling with your whole family you might want to check out specific programs dedicated to children or maybe you’d rather witness a mango cook-off, which is always very competitive. In case you fancy cultivating your own mangoes you definitely have to take a detour to the tree sales section and might want to attend a mango workshop where you’ll learn how to select and grow the perfect fruit.
Unsurprisingly the most exciting part of the festival is of course the tasting room where you can sample and evaluate the finest mangoes, which are ripened to perfection, and you’ll be able to give your own opinion on which variety you like best. Several varieties from India are considered the best since they traditionally showcase the perfect balance between flavour, texture and sweetness. Before you leave, make sure to stock up on mangoes since you won’t be able to find better bargains anywhere else and do not forget to take a stroll around the Fairchild Botanical Garden as well, after all it is considered one of the best in the world.