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Dr. Richard Campbell Leaves Fairchild Tropical Botanical gardens and Formalizes long standing relationship with Cirulli Brothers

Dr. Richard Campbell Leaves Fairchild, Takes New Post

JANUARY 24, 2017

Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden's longtime tropical fruit curator, horticulture director and colorful face of the annual International Mango Festival, Dr. Richard Campbell, is leaving after 20 years to take a position at Ciruli Brothers, a third-generation, family owned grower-shipper of fruits and vegetables. 

Campbell had worked over the years with Ciruli Brothers in a consulting capacity, notably on the Champagne Mango and will now act as Chief Science Officer with additional responsibilities in global procurement. Also a contributor to edible South Florida, Campbell says he's looking forward to the new challenge but will also continue maintaining his own family farm in South Florida, where he lives with his wife and three sons.

In the course of his career at Fairchild, Campbell adroitly balanced horticultural research, including characterization of tropical fruit cultivars, including mango, jackfruit, mamey sapote, sapodilla and canistel, with a showman's gift for educating the public about tropical fruit. 

As an organizer of the annual International Mango Festival each summer, Campbell not only assembled hundreds of mangos from their top collection, he also talked up each variety at the festival's Mango Auction, where bids for a plate of a few choice mangos could reach upwards of $100.

 Fans turned out to hear his often outlandish – but always entertaining – tales of mangos "so good he'd fight his mama for them." 

Campbell and Dr. Noris Ledesma, his colleague in the tropical fruit program, also brought attention to their adventures in the 2012 documentary The Fruit Hunters.

Campbell's new position combines his horticultural skills with responsibilities in growing the company. 

Fans, take heart – he will continue writing his Sustainable Living columns for edible South Florida, inspired by his family, his travels and, occasionally, a passing meteor.

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The Chaunsa has a Brix rating in the 22 degree level which is unheard of!
Carabao claims to be the sweetest mango in the world and was able to register this in the Guiness book of world records.
Perhaps it is time for a GLOBAL taste test ???

In alphabetical order by Country....



Alphonso (mango)
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Alphonso (हापुस Haapoos in Marathi, હાફુસ in Gujarati, ಆಪೂಸ್ Aapoos in Kannada) is a mango cultivar that is considered by many[who?] to be one of the best in terms of sweetness, richness and flavor. 

It has considerable shelf life of a week after it is ripe making it exportable. 

It is also one of the most expensive kinds of mango and is grown mainly in Kokan region of western India.

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By admin

• On December 11, 2016 • 

Many of us know how delicious mangoes are!

Basically, mangoes are very nutritious and healthy to eat regularly, where not only just kids but also adults love to eat. These mangoes are only found in the large areas of India and it is said to be the hub of mangoes where huge quantities of mangoes are exported from this country to all the countries.

When we look into mango leaves­ they’re basically like the all other leaves i.e. green in color.
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Mango leaves are rich in:
Vitamin A
Vitamin B
Vitamin C
Also rich in flavonoids and phenols
Have powerful antioxidant properties

These were just the qualities of these leaves­ now we’ll understand about the importance of these leaves and the medical impact on the human body.

1. Diabetes

These leaves are rich in tannins called anthocyanidins­ useful for treating diabetes in the early stage.
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