ONE MANGO cultivar you can grow in your farm for your own enjoyment is the R2E2 that was released for commercial production in Australia in 1991. It has its own good traits.
BIG WITH THICK SKIN – The fruit weighs 600 grams to 1 kilo each and it has a thick skin so that it has a long shelf life. This is an advantage, especially if the fruit is intended for the export market.
FIRM FLESH – The fruit is described in the Internet as a round mango with firm lemon-yellow flesh, sweet, mild flavour and deep orange skin tinged with an orange-red blush. Because of its firm flesh, the ripe fruit can be sliced into cubes and used in fresh fruit salads.
FIRST LOCAL GROWER – The first local grower is the ECJ Farm in Negros Occidental. It used to sell its green fruits at the Tiendesitas in Pasig City several years ago. We didn’t recall seeing the fruits with orange-red blush. Was it because it was grown under humid condition in Negros? We really don’t know.
RENAMED PEACH MANGO – At first, the ECJ fruits were sold as R2E2 but eventually renamed Peach Mango, the name which it is popularly known now in the market if it is available. The renaming could be a marketing strategy. That’s what we suspect.
R2E2 IN TERESA – We also have a couple of mother trees in our farm in Teresa, Rizal. We are happy to say that the orange-red blush is very pronounced in our fruits. The fruits are big, mostly 800 grams to 1 kilo or bigger.
GRAFTED SEEDLINGS are available at the Sarian Farm at P350 each, about 3ft+ tall. Contact Rose at 0915-002-1368; 0906-551-1791 or 0947-590-0398 (smart)