Tommy Atkins was a seedling of ‘Haden’ planted in 1922 and selected in Ft. Lauderdale, FL by Thomas H. Atkins.
Atkins submitted his mango to the Variety Committee of the Florida Mango Forum on multiple occasions but it was rejected due its fiber content and flavor. He was convinced of its commercial value however due to its spectacular color, good size, shelf life and very heavy production and succeeded at convincing growers in Dade county to plant it. Indeed ‘Tommy Atkins’ proved itself to be an efficient commercial variety, and it was introduced to Latin America where it became the primary mango of commercial trade in the Western Hemisphere, a title it still holds today.
For this reason it is commonly found in the produce section of major supermarkets.
The fruit are oval-shaped, medium-to-large in size, with a crimson red blush and green/yellow background color. The flesh is yellow, very firm, moderately fibrous, and contains a monoembryonic seed. The flavor is in the classic group and fairly mild to most. Though it has earned a poor reputation thanks to bad quality commercially imported fruit, locally grown Tommy Atkins are much better than their store-bought counterparts.
The trees are vigorous growers, with a vertical growth habit and open canopy, and are difficult to control in size. They have very good anthracnose resistance and will produce well, even under marginal conditions.
The fruit are at least somewhat susceptible to bacterial spot and rot fungi, the extent to which is still being determined.
Tommy Atkins is a mid-season variety in Florida, ripening from late-June through July.
Country: Florida - USA