Mango trees that produce 2 species in Kilome

As you can see the mangoes on the right are more rounded than the left, while those on left side are green skinned while those on right are reddish skinned!

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Slicing up the fruit reveals a fleshy juicy fruit with the legendary ukambani sweetness!

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In Kilome there are 5(five) mango species locally known as
1- ndii
2- ndungu luma
3- munavu/kutu wa ingoi
4- ndoto
5- kasukali
..and they ripen in that sequence between Months of December to March
However the fruit sizes are normally small to medium, with the sweetest [Kasukali ie ‘ka sugar’] having a large seed and little flesh.
So how are these farmers managing 2 or 3 species on one tree as seen in this shop table?

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(Visible between/behind the carrots and mangoes is the normal size small mango fruit.)

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The traditional mango trees that spread their branches wide out are being trimmed

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and where the branches are trimmed new shoots sprout which are then grafted as below

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*What potential does this hold for agro farming, commercial fruit production, fruit juices & jams industry, agro tourism and agro education?

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©Muoki Kioko 2009-2013
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  1. April 1st, 2014

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