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Ready for Mangos?, Part VI

This installment concludes our survey of mango cultivars available at Richard Lyons’ Nursery. This year’s mango crop in southern Florida continues to show great potential. There has been no cold outbreak serious enough to damage either flowers or pollinators, and we are well beyond the statistical ‘dead of winter.’ March winds have started a little early, but…
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February 27, 2015 0

Ready for Mangos?, Part V

Below are descriptions of even more of the mango cultivars available at Richard Lyons’ Nursery: Mallika Great news: This cultivar, which should be picked green before breaking color, is an aro-matic, delicious, productive, disease-resistant mango that can be grown in small spaces, even on an apartment balcony. Terrible news: It is traditionally ripened in camel dung. Better news: If you hap-pen to run…
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February 20, 2015 0

Ready for Mangos?, Part IV

Following are descriptions of more of the many mango cultivars available at Richard Lyons’ Nursery: Jakarta The ripening season for this cultivar is long, from June to August. Developed by the Zill family in Boynton Beach, Jakarta produces aromatic, fiberless, richly-flavored fruit on a robust-growing tree. While not widely-produced commercially, this cultivar has come to occupy a niche in home gardens. Ripe fruit averages just over…
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February 13, 2015 0

Ready for Mangos?, Part III

Since the last installment in this series, area mangos have been showing signs of producing a bumper crop. But between now and ripening time, our capricious climate will play the role of a wild card in the process. Springtime winds frequently knock immature fruits to the ground, and unseasonally heavy rainfall can also take a toll.…
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February 6, 2015 0

Ready for Mangos?, Part II

In the food world, we’re crazy about things that taste good, but at the same time do us harm. However, mangos are an exception to that rule, because they are not only delicious, but also beneficial to health. Significant amounts of Vitamin A, Vitamin B-6, Vitamin C, copper, iron, folate, potassium and fiber are produced in the fruit, and there is…
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January 23, 2015 0