Kent was a seedling of ‘Brooks’ grown on the property of Leith Kent of Coconut Grove, FL and a hybrid between Brooks and Haden. It received recognition as being a good quality mango with excellent production characteristics, leading to its quick commercial adaptation. Today, Kent is one of the most widely planted commercial mangos in the Western Hemisphere. It is also grown commercially in other parts of the world such as Australia, South Africa, and has even been introduced to India. It is also the parent of some other mangos including Peach Cobbler, Orange Essence, Gold Nugget and Providence.
The fruit is round in shape, medium-to-large in size ranging from 1 to 2 pounds. It will turn a background yellow color at maturity with some red blush covering the sun exposed part of the fruit. It has a firm, yet fiberless flesh with a nice medium-sweet peach-noted flavor in what we describe as the classic group.
The flesh can be prone to internal break down if conditions are too wet, and the seed will often sprout inside the fruit. They ripen from late-July to September. The trees are fairly vigorous, with dense upright canopies. Production tends to be very heavy.
Disease resistance is mediocre and anthracnose can be a problem for both flowers and fruit deep in the interior. Sadly Kent is highly prone to mango bacterial black spot and botrysphaerial rot, to such a degree that we do not recommend its planting in south Florida anymore.
We began top working our Kent trees to other varieties in 2017.