Manila : I was given one of these during the Mango Fest, and I planted the seed, it sprouted in 5 days ! I planted it in a 1 gallon fabric pot, and plan to do that double root thingy with it.
Osteen: I tried one during the same event, it wasnt ripe yet, but was mild, sweet, and firm, I like the texture of this mango, but I want to try a whole, fully ripe Osteen. this tree is on a genoplasm reserve, and I asked the owner, which variety out of all the varieties he has he thought would be the best in taste and for commercial farming, he recommended the Osteen.
This week i will be planting a lot more seeds from the "Banilejo" variety which are now in season, these are the locals favorites, they are also Poly, and used as rootstock for other varieties. they are decent, but small, thin skinned, the flesh is firm and very sweet, there is some fiber around the seed. I have been eating 2 a day for seeds haha. want to have enough of these planted to use for practicing all the grafting techniques written about in here, including the stone graft and double rooting etc.