During the early 20th century, Edward Simmonds was the head of the USDA's Plant Introduction Station in Miami, Florida. Due to the problems encountered with Indian-descended mango cultivars in Florida relating to their poor disease resistance and unreliable bearing habits, Simmonds began a mango breeding program in the 1920s where he sought to cross several cultivars of Indian descent with cultivars of southeast Asian origin. Simmonds hope was to develop hybrid varieties that would take on the best characteristics of both parents, with color and flavor of the Indian line and the flavor and disease resistance of the southeast Asian mangoes.
One of the results of the project was reportedly a 'Haden' by 'Carabao' (or Philippine-type mango) cross, grown on Simmonds private residence in Miami. The resulting fruit, later named 'Edward' after Edward Simmonds, was found to have outstanding eating qualities. It was published in 1944, and commercial propagation began about 1948.
'Edward' trees are planted in the collections of the USDA's germplasm repository in Miami, the University of Florida's Tropical Research and Education Center in Homestead, Florida, and the Miami-Dade Fruit and Spice Park, also in Homestead.
The 'Edward' mango is oval/oblong shaped with an undulating surface, typically weighing between 16 to 22 oz. The skin possess little wax and is bright yellow in color with a pink to reddish tint with small white speckles. The flesh of the fruit is tender, fiberless, juicy, and deep yellow to orange in color. The flesh has a rich, sweet flavor with a mild, pleasant aroma. The fruit is widely considered to be one of the most excellent tasting mangoes in Florida. It typically matures from May to July in Florida.
We have a select group of these grafted trees available for sale. Which are over 12 inches tall plus with good root development. No fruit is being sold just one grafted tree in each order which produces this fruit. Thank you!
It shipped perfectly, on time and very well packed, it was a good size healthy tree. The seller went above and beyond expectations, sending detailed information about the care of the tree, which was something I had not received from any other live tree sellers I had purchased from before. Excellent service. I will definitely order again from this seller.
Apr 17, 2018 by conniekinsey615
Dec 1, 2017 by Jori Jenae Murray
I bought one mango tree first to see if I could handle the plant. I planted the mango tree in a pot and it is doing great. So I bought two more. I planted the second two plants in pots also, but with a different potting mix. I combined half worm casings and half native soil. One is doing great and the other didn't make it. Thanks for making these mango trees available!
Aug 22, 2017 by Chris
Mango tree is so awesome that I'm going to buy 2 more! Love it!