Mango Season in Hawaii – different varieties, health benefits and recipes (update 2023)
Hawaiian mangoes are so delicious when it’s Mango season in Hawaii and everyone on the island goes mango crazy. Mangoes grown in Hawaii are oh so delicious, sweet and definitely worth trying when you visit the islands. When the trees are loaded with mangoes, it’s a great time to start asking your friends if you can pick some or find some of the wild trees in secret spots that give the juiciest mangoes all for the taking. If you can’t find these spots to get the mangoes for free, then you can always check out the farmers markets, roadside stands or local markets for Hawaiian mangoes that are in season and available to purchase and savor.
Mango season in Hawaii is a great time to visit and try these delicious and tasty fruits.
When is Mango Season in Hawaii?
When its mango season, you typically start seeing fruit available at the farmers markets or local fruit stand from early June until October timeframe with the peak occurring towards the earlier part of the season. Hawaiian mangoes have a nice long production season and different varieties start early and last until early fall time frame depending on the variety of mango fruit grown and location.
Where do mangoes grow best in Hawaii?
Surprisingly, mangoes on the eastern areas of the Hawaiian islands are not as successfully grown compared to the west side of each island which has perfect sunny and dry weather that Hawaii mango thrive in. The dry west side of each island produces larger, delicious fruit and better volumes for sale around the islands and various farmers markets. But even on the lush sides of the island, mangoes do grow closer to the ocean where the environment is dryer and more sunny, so you may find mango trees and fruit stands selling Hawaiian mangoes in season even on the east side of each island.
Some interesting Hawaiian mango trivia for you to ponder
With over 60 different varieties grown on the Hawaiian islands, it’s a favorite tropical fruit to eat when there’s a lot of places to purchase or even harvest the mangoes yourself.
From its first flowering to maturity, it takes over four to five months to full maturity and only one percent of the fruit ever make it to full maturity.
The mango is known as the ‘king’ of fruit and its name came from the Tamil word ‘mangkay’ which the Portuguese traders then adopted to the word ‘manga’
Did you know that fresh mangoes are eaten every day all around the world than any other fruit?
The mango is a member of the Anachardiaceae family which include plant relatives including the cashew, pistachio, Jamaica plum, and the very toxic poison ivy and poison oak. The sap from mangoes create different irritating to toxic reactions to many people.
Mangoes are bursting with protective nutrients. The vitamin content depends upon the variety and maturity of the fruit, when the mango is green the amount of vitamin C is higher, as it ripens the amount of beta carotene (vitamin A) increases.
Mango season in Hawaii
Visiting a local farmers market for mangoes in Hawaii
Best places to get mangoes would be at all the farmers markets throughout the islands or even some of the small roadside stands that you can find on a road trip on any island. Of course, if you happen to see a mango tree by the side of the road with some nice juicy mangoes, what a better way to get some as long as they are not on someone’s personal property, just help yourself to some Hawaiian mangoes.
Or you can find some fruit stands or local grocery stores selling fresh mangoes in Hawaii.
A real Hawaiian Mango Festival
During the height of mango madness in Hawaii, we celebrate the mango fruit with different festivals throughout the islands to usher in the season. These offer a variety of mango presentations, samples and amateur mango competitions with recipes available on the winning entries. It’s fun to see how mangoes will be presented into sweet or savory dishes for the competition.
Check out the various fruit events on the many Hawaii calendars for the Hawaii mango festival and other fruit event around Hawaii. Also you can check out this guide of all the different tropical fruits from Hawaii and when they are in season.
Looking for recipes using fresh mangoes?
If you’re inspired to try something fun and delicious using fresh Hawaii mango, check out these recipes below. If you can get your hands on some local Hawaiian mangoes then you’ll have the best ingredients to make these dishes below.
Try this easy mango Salsa
Nothing better than an easy Hawaii mango salsa to eat pau hana. Try making some mango salsa with this easy to follow recipe below.
Sweet Mango pudding
Hawaii mangoes into a delicious pudding – you’ll love trying this wonderful mango recipe below.
Mango and avocado salad
Mangoes in Hawaii with fresh avocado make such a fantastic combination in this recipe below.
Delicious mango pie dessert
Check out these other foods and produce from Hawaii
Big Island locally grown foods
Exotic fruits around the world
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What states or countries ship mangoes that haven’t been sprayed with insecticide? I prefer the yellow sweet ones.
Not sure which countries do unfortunately
is there any farmer working or using on hydroponics system in mango tree farming? in hawaii?
I’m not sure, but that might be a possibility – it would have to be a large system to make it work
I was born in Honolulu, Hawaii,..my favorite mango is Preri, Common, Haden, IN that order,..
Next,.. Kahuku Papaya, apple banana and lychees,…!! Noel, please know where I can buy
all my favorites,…AND POI !!AM LIVING IN florida, but miss every thing in HAWAII !! e.i.
MONOA LETTUCE,..!! MY TWO DAUGHTERS BOUGHT ME HERE,…FOLLOWING A BURN
ACCIDENT COOKING PORTUGUESE SOUP!!
Hope to here from you, relative to my favorites !!
Your Post is great. Being Indian, I obviously love mangoes. There are at least 20 different variety of Mangoes in a typical Indian Village. Off course, most of them are not
commercial variety. I would say at least 50000 different variations of Mangoes can be found throughout India out of which about a 1000 are commercial one. The Best of the Best is the Alphonso Mango found in Western India. You haven’t had mangoes if you haven’t had an Alphonso. Happy to see so many Mango Lovers.
it agree, a useful phrase orthomol Buffered vitamin c
What lovely photos. I love mangoes, but have never seen them in such abundance before.
Noel, your photos are making me miss Hawaii so much! I got to spend a blissful week there in June and never wanted to come home 🙂 I also didn’t know that 1% of mangoes don’t make it to maturity. Makes me appreciate them all the more. PS: I found your blog through the Travel Photo Thursdays linkup and am excited to explore.
Come and join us for Travel Photo MOndays, it runs for the whole week!
What a great artwork those fruits
of different colours have made.. I like the division into sections too..great composition!
I love the photos, and also really enjoy the story and history that you pair with them.
Thanks so much for the comment, I appreciate it.
Papayas and mangos simply scream tropics to me. We used to eat mangos while we had homes in Mexico in much the same manner as you describe in Hawaii. I will pay more attention to this prolific fruit now that I have read your most interesting facts about it.
Great pictures of yummy fruit! Did someone say “Daiquiri?”
It’s mango season here too. The Julie tree in the backyard is laden with fruit so I get to eat at least one each morning. And when we have too many, we freeze then put them in the blender with a little lime. Refreshing! There’s a Thai restaurant in NYC where I used to get the most delicious mango shrimp – yum!
Mangoes rank up there as one of my most favourite fruits – especially the Manila variety.
Ooh, I love mangoes, and the ones in your pictures, especially the top one, look fabulous. I see you have some dragonfruit there, too. Hawaii has such tasty fruit.
Mangoes are one of my favorite fruits. Karthakolomban is the best variety I’ve had so far.
Mangoes are my favorite fruits. I grew up eating so many varieties of them in Guam. We have mango festivals too. Love the Hawaiian mangoes. Thanks for all the interesting information.
Hi Noel, I love mangoes. I eat them everyday. But there’s something about Hawaiian mangoes, especially if they’re eaten directly from the tree. I wish I can be there for the mango festivals. I’d love to see different mango presentation and try different mango recipes. I drool just thinking about it.
There’s nothing like a sweet mango! In Panama, I grew up with a mango tree in our front yard. The best mango I ever had was in Jamaica. I’ve found that the yellow mangos found in many Asian markets are also really delicious.
Mangoes grow where I live in North Queensland. They are my and my family’s favourite fruit. Ours ripen from around October to late December. In August we have what we call the Mango Winds – strong winds that blow a lot of the blossom from the trees, meaning less mangoes. I love to make mango chutney from green mangoes. Lovely photos – not long now 🙂
thanks for your comment and your sharing info about mangoes in your area.
Once anyone has had a perfectly ripe mango it should no longer be a surprise that they’re the most popular fruit in the world! The last time I was on Hawaii we saw mangos that had fallen from trees onto the side of the road all over the place. While the Mrs was not in favor of eating mango road kill I still regret not stopping to see if any of those were salvagable!
too bad, a lot fall into softer ground and are salvageable if the skin hasn’t been broken.
And how about a mango salsa: a very firm mango grated. Sprinkle over some lime juice, slivered red onion, a little fresh grated ginger, some garlic, chili and coriander, season to taste. Thanks for visiting my blog and the invitation to Travel Photo Mondays.
A Mango Festival? I wish to see that someday…
What are those brought red ones–with the green— at the bottom of the photo? I do sometimes have a painful reaction to mango, probably because I have a condition known as ” geographic tongue” (Google it if you want TMI). Walnuts, eggplant, red wine, tomato and pineapples can also set it off, but I’m always willing to give mango a try.
the bright red ones are called dragon fruit Suzanne.
Mango madness — love it! Enjoy the festivals and all that wonderful mango-eating. Thanks for the trivia, too — all news to me. Very surprising that only 1% make it to maturity.
Your photos are gorgeous! Mangoes are my favorite. The fruits are heavy on the trees here in Wai’anae. Mahalo for reminding me what a blessing they are. Aloha, Stephanie
Aloha Stephaie, wish I was close by to pick a few off your loaded trees, ready to make some daiquiris 🙂
All I could think about was the fabulous daiquaris you could make with all those mangoes!
Ah yes a daiquiri would be exceptionally good with fresh mangoes, would love one now!