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The 5 Mango Pedigrees That Only a Jamaican Can Relate To !!! Do You Think We Discriminate?

East Indian Mango
Written by Xavier Murphy

For my Jamaican-American children, mangoes are just mangoes. Imagine saving an East Indian mango amongst a bunch of other mangoes only to have one of your children eat it. Yes they left the other mangoes but ate the prized East Indian mango. They are surprised at your reaction toward them. Then you realize they also ate the last Julie mango before eating one of the other mangoes.

If they grew up in Jamaica they would understand that there is a pecking order for mangoes. Some mangoes have a pedigree while others do not. We Jamaicans treat mangoes like royalty. My children say we discriminate and call us “Mangoists”. Here is the royalty order and pedigree of mangoes in Jamaica.

1. The Bombay Mango  is king

Jamaican Bombay Mango

Jamaican Bombay Mango – Photo By X Murphy

2. The East Indian is the queen

East Indian Mango on Jamaican Beach - Photo by X. Murphy

East Indian Mango on Jamaican Beach – Photo by X. Murphy

3. The Julie mango is the princess

Julie Mangos

Julie Mangos – Photo by Natalie Reid

4. The number 11 mango is a prince

Number 11 mangoes - Photo by X. Murphy

Number 11 mangoes – Photo by X. Murphy

5. Everything after that is considered common mangoes. That includes Graham, Haden, Kent, Robin, Long and Black mangoes.

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Common Mangoes – Photo by X. Murphy

 

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Xavier Murphy

  • Being St. Mary born and bred, I’ll let you keep your bombay and number 11…. Julie, East Indian (from my St. Thomas friends), and Long mangoes all day. Nothing ‘common’ about our Long mangoes. Of course, if you got them from a non-St. Mary source, I can understand the discrimination. LOL!

    Oh… and we have something called Bluey. The Bombay will have to bow to it’s superior flavour. #Done

  • Midtowner

    Julie is #1 for me. My yard has Bombay and nuber 11 to stone dog. I’m not a lover of East Indian – too unpredictable.

  • kingstonguy

    true words , i’d have given haden and long mangoes a little more props tho.

  • Babydragon

    I would say you left off the Emperor of mangoes, Nelson, most people have never had it but it is my favorite, had one in my yard growing up, along with 2 Julie, 2 Bombay, 1 East Indian and 1 Black mango. 🙂

  • Lornaworks

    Who decided on this pecking order? Bombay is king?