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    Tommy atkins

  • Origin: Florida-Fort Lauderd
  • Fruit size: Medium/large
  • Weight in grams: 522
  • Yield: heavy
  • Fruit color: deep yellow with heavu red blush
  • Fresh color: Yellow
  • Fibre content: Moderate
  • Seed type: monoembryonic
  • Fruit shape: ovate to slightly oblong
  • Seed percentage: 6.6
  • Eating quality: Fair/good
  • Regularity of bearing: regular
  • Tree habit: large vigorous
  • County: Murangá Embu, Makueni, Mbeere
  • Harvesting season: January/February/March
  • Pest attack: Research ongoing
  • Disease: Research ongoing
  • Susceptibility: moderate
  • Advantages: very attractive, excellent shipping and shelf life qualities, consistent producer, good resistance to anthracnose and powdery mildew
  • Disadvantages: danger of internal breakdown, higher fibre content than average colouration
  • Irrigation: not indicated
  • Fertilizer: Research ongoing
  • Pesticides: Dushban
  • Fungicides: Research ongoing

Tommy Atkins is an important commercial variety, especially in the upper eastern of Mbeere and Embu. The fruits are medium to large, oval to oblong, orange/yellow with a heavy red blush, numerous white lenticels and a broadly rounded base. The beak is less pronoused. They measure an average length of 12.6 cm, are 9.9 cm wide and have an average weight of 522 g. The smooth skin is tough and thick. The flesh is firm and medium juicy with a moderate amount of fibre, yellow to deep yellow in colour, mild and sweet with a strong pleasant aroma. The eating quality is fairly good; the seed is mono-embryonic and covered in a thick, woody stone (6.6% of total fruit weight). The tree is vigorous/large with a rounded canopy and it produces consistently heavy and good crops. It is an early to mid-season cultiva r and is highly resistant to anthracnose and powdery mildew. It has problem of internal breakdown (jelly seed).

Pests and Diseases
Mango fruit fly


Mango aphid

Powdery mildew
Mango survey




Mango varieties in Embu and Makueni by District

Cultural practices

Postharvest treatment

Chemical control

Challenges to Mango planting

Mango planting

Mango Improvement Strategy
  By: Phanuel Oballa and Rachel Kariuki                                                                                       © 2015 KEFRI/KALRO Mango Research