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I think Ataulfo mangos from the grocery store are often better than other store-bought ones, but yes, home-grown mangos are likely to be much better.

I would add Mulgoba to your list. It has a classic mango taste and an important history.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Best tasting mangos of 2018
« on: July 28, 2018, 10:42:45 AM »
My timing was way off as far as tasting mangos from my favorite purveyors.  Some too green to mature well (in hindsight). M-4 has been sitting on the piano for six days, may soften eventually.
Another excellent vendor somehow only had Torbet and Duncan the two times I stopped by.

So far the best tasting for me has been the Spirit of '76 from my own tree. Beautiful, and excellent classic Florida mango flavor. For whatever reason the tree has done better the last two years than in earlier times.

I'm waiting on my Peach Cobbler tree. Possibly a few weeks yet, unless they mature at half size.

I assume that they taste amazing when you pay more for them.  Headline:

A pair of mangoes sells for record £1,760 in Japan

I agree that Kent can be excellent. I remember that the part near the skin often had a complex tutti frutti flavor that I went crazy for.

Kents can be richly flavored and great.  I've tasted them when they are.   Don't even mention them in the same breath as Tommy Atkins.

Same here....... rich full complex taste.....old time Florida style

Thanks, gentle folks.

I'll probably go ahead and replace the LZ (unless a miracle cure comes along).

Meanwhile this will be the first year I have more than a fruit or two on Peach Cobbler. They are seemingly stuck at half-size, but I'm looking forward to tasting them and freezing for the long cool winter.


For those who have had multiple opportunities to taste these, how would you compare/contrast the flavors?

This was my first year to taste OS, from two sources. To me it did not seem as richly flavored as the Lemon Zest mangos from my tree in the good old days, e.g. last year.  Seemed to lack sparkle.

Could be sampling error, or an off season I guess.  My LZ has leprosy, and I'm wondering whether to replace it with OS.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Fruit Cocktail aka 28-18
« on: July 19, 2018, 08:54:22 AM »
So if I've had Capri Sun by circumstance at various gatherings in my life, but never once craved it and thought, "I must go out and buy Capri Sun," does this mean I can skip this mango?

The taste is enjoyable, but Yes, you can skip this one. (Unless it turns out to be more productive and more disease-resistant than all the other good mangos.)

Requisite disclaimer: Your Mileage May Vary.

You should make a go fund me page or something and link to it so those of us who want to donate and can't make it to the tasting can do so.

Yes, please consider this. I'm too old to drive to Orlando, but happy to help.

My neighbor planted a seed and let both of the sprouts grow until one of them fruited with the clone. Then cut the bad one back.  I don't know if there are disadvantages to this approach, but it worked for him.

I was at a mango talk the other day where the speaker mentioned she has it on good authority (Richard Campbell?) that a reliable way to choose a clone is to choose an sprout that is neither runty nor too vigorous. Obviously you'd need a few to sprout to be able to compare, but it sounded like a reasonable starting point.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: My Zill adventure Tuesday
« on: July 16, 2018, 04:53:55 PM »
Dang. I should have bought a couple to try. From the name I was afraid it would be too mild.

So far I'm disappointed in Sugarloaf (n=3). They did not have much flavor at any state.  Perhaps picked too soon?

I had a Cream Brulee from Zill  today. Excellent mango, very sweet and a special resinous taste near the skin.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Best of the New Zill Mangos
« on: July 13, 2018, 09:46:48 AM »
Based on a sampling of 3 Buttercream mangos that I bought last week, I like it a lot. I would say it has a classic mango flavor, so not unique or spectacular, but pretty good. Also large. I like Guava mango a lot too, because it has a different flavor profile than other varieties. Also remember liking Taralay a lot, but it's been a couple years since I have been able to try one.

In comparison to some other cultivars that I tried for the first time this year, it was easy to eat Buttercream at a stage that tasted good. (I tried Sugarloaf too soon (the flesh was nearly white though kinda soft), Orange Sherbet too late (it was still pretty good).

One other note about Buttercream. The ones I bought had plenty of fungus on the skin, but it did not affect the quality/taste.  (see below)

So how do the guava buttercream and Tara lay taste or compare?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: My Zill adventure Tuesday
« on: July 13, 2018, 09:24:36 AM »
Welcome to the society of mango fanboys  :D

That is so damned cool that we experienced a mango orgasm together thanks to Mr Zill!!!
I think you also may have heard me say that I had the same reaction to Sugarloaf as I did last yeR when Terry cut open a P Pleasure for me. I know you left for about 10 minutes then came back in so maybe you missed that precious moment? I actually said to Terry that talking to Mr Zill was like talking to the biggest movie star. Same thing you just said. Nice meeting you and sharing a very special moment in time and space/our lives.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Fruit Cocktail aka 28-18
« on: July 10, 2018, 07:12:08 AM »
The Fruit Cocktail mangos I brought home did not have any tartness (but were still fine and will make excellent mango Margaritas come Thanksgiving).

Should I have cut them open when still firm?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: My Zill adventure Tuesday
« on: July 10, 2018, 07:06:15 AM »
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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: My Zill adventure Tuesday
« on: July 05, 2018, 05:45:21 PM »
Thanks for this information.  A mango that's "easy" is a great thing, especially when sharing with friends and relatives.

One more thing about the Sugarloaf mango.
I think that I have perceived of another quality of Sugarloaf that is rare and that is tasting is so damn dependent on where it is in its ripening cycle that from one day to the next you could go crazy over it or say it’s nothing special or even dislike it. I think that Sugarloaf may stand out above the rest also because the window of ripening pleasure could be huge. And this is sooooo important because it stays green with the only ripening clue being touch. This quality will more than compensate for not giving clues to ripeness.

Thanks, Jeff. I am very much hoping that one way or another LZ will be available from my favorite purveyors.
My non-spray program was due to a lack of motivation. My diabetes got a lot worse, and these days I have to limit myself to about a tablespoon of mango per day.  :(
If I have more energy next year I'll get back on board.

I'm about 3 1/2 miles inland, backing up to a canal.
Some of my other cultivars look fine (so far). Too early to know how they will ripen.

Lemon Zest is seriously susceptible to bacterial rot, or whatever it's called. I'm guessing this problem will spread to your area at some point. Perhaps an effective treatment for this will be found? Hard to speculate. At the moment it doesn't look like I'll get more than a couple of edible fruits from my tree. (It should be noted that I sprayed no copper or fungicides on any of my trees this year.)

NDM is kind of boring, as previously noted. And it splits.  Rosigold tastes best if it ripens in July rather than March.

I have been unable to keep Venus alive. Your mileage may vary. 

My Spirit of '76 had a large crop of excellent mangos last year. This year it is again loaded with beautiful fruit. I don't know yet how they will ripen. I am hoping that it is more disease-resistant than, for example, Kent.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Pina Colada Mango
« on: June 12, 2018, 07:49:48 AM »
What Squam said.   8)

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Great Morning for Mangoes
« on: May 19, 2018, 10:00:25 AM »
Hope you'll give us feedback on the quality. Nectar of Neptune sounds enticing....  ;D

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Triple Sec mango
« on: April 14, 2018, 09:08:47 AM »
He also told me they’re renaming ‘Marlys’ to “All Summer” or “Summer-long” or something like that.

I'm happy on behalf of Marlys. Now she can wait for a better mango to carry her name.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Any drawback to Maha chanok?
« on: March 09, 2018, 09:52:20 AM »
Do the mangoes like Lemon Zest, Piña Colada, Peach Cobbler, cotton candy, ice-cream, etc actually taste like their names or is it a subtle hint of flavor?

To me Lemon Zest tastes more like a Minneola tangelo grown in Florida on sour orange or Cleo rootstock and eaten in January or February, not like the zest of a lemon. That is, rich, sweet, wonderful.

And  Piña Colada really does remind me of a delicious and fruity drink.

Little or no experience so far with the others.   :-[

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Least Colorful Mangos
« on: February 16, 2018, 11:02:56 AM »
I believe Peach Cobbler is a dull green when it ripens.

Full or mostly full bloom: Lemon Zest, Edgar, Dupuis, Spirit of '76.
Partial: Dot and Maha, PPK.
One to three panacles:  Fruit Punch, Guava*, Phoenix*, Cotton Candy*.
Resting: Peach Cobbler, Sweet Tart, Kathy*.

*These are too small to hold fruit.

I agree with John regarding sapodilla and loquat. Both are handsome trees.

Unlike lychee, neither is likely to stripped of its fruit while you're at Publix.

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