Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Mallika Mango

 The Mallika Mango is a wonderful choice for Florida backyard growers.

It is a semi-dwarf, Indian dessert variety that is a hybrid between Neelum and Dasheri. We planted this particular tree last year and it has been one of the best producers. Mallika is also disease resistant and considered one of the best tasting mangos.

 Mallika mangos are typically picked mature green.

It is very east to tell when they are ready - simply cup the mango with your hand and lift gently until the mango is lifted no more than 45 degrees. If it is ready, it will break from the stem (former panicle) into your hand. A clear sap will ooze from the attachment.

Now, it is time to place the green mango into a cardboard box or better yet, a paper bag inside a cardboard box. Ripening can take 10-21 days. Fruit can be refrigerated once ripe/yellow. The flesh is a beautiful deep orange - sweet, aromatic, and fiberless.

A Mallika Mango tree is a great mango for backyard growers, and is small enough to be kept potted for those without yard space.

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