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Re: Best tasting mangos of 2018
« Reply #175 on: October 24, 2018, 06:30:57 PM »
Seacrest is a wonderful mango.

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Re: Best tasting mangos of 2018
« Reply #176 on: October 24, 2018, 07:42:07 PM »
The third  mango in the first picture has sweet turd  written on it.

As in
Rumani
Coc
Sweet turd

Very funny.  Nevertheless the Sweet Tart was my best mango this year.
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Re: Best tasting mangos of 2018
« Reply #177 on: October 26, 2018, 05:39:52 PM »
I just cut open the single Lemon Zest I got off my tree last night and I have a new number one for the year. This LZ was mostly green when it came off the tree but it ripened to a beautiful orangish yellow. The Mango was still really firm and only gave off a very slight sweet aroma before I cut it open. The flesh was orange in color and the areas around the skin had a nice citrusy flavor.

The texture of the flesh was perfectly firm but completely ripe with no chalkiness. The juice was extremely viscous and sticky with sugar. Iíve had better Lemon Zests than this one but this one is very close to a perfect Lemon Zest. It had a Brix of 28% and tastes candy sweet with an excellent citrusy aroma and taste.  The only thing that could have been improved upon is that the citrusy taste could have been even stronger, as Iíve tasted in the past.

Here are some pictures when it fell off the tree when I gently touched it.

Here it is ripened up







Inside flesh

On a scale

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Re: Best tasting mangos of 2018
« Reply #178 on: October 26, 2018, 06:29:11 PM »
Have mercy Simon.

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Re: Best tasting mangos of 2018
« Reply #179 on: October 26, 2018, 09:40:22 PM »
Simon, thanks for your review! Seems that LZ and ST are consistently top two for California.

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Re: Best tasting mangos of 2018
« Reply #180 on: October 27, 2018, 07:14:11 AM »
I have grafted Lemon Zest onto several of my mango seedling trees in the ground and it is growing very well. Coconut Cream and Lemon Zest seem to be the best and most vigorous growers at my location.  Looking forward to trying some fruit in a few years when the trees and growth are more mature.

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Re: Best tasting mangos of 2018
« Reply #181 on: October 28, 2018, 01:52:43 AM »
Yes, Lemon Zest and Sweet Tart are perennial favorites here in SoCal. They also happen to be two varieties that seem to grow really well here. Iím talking about vegetative growth and not fruit production. Sweet Tart does produce really well here but Lemon Zest needs to settle in and seems to produce well in areas were Fungal pressures are not so much an issue.

A few Lemon Zest grafts I put on Leo Manuelís trees have bloomed but have not set fruit. Leo has a hands off approach when it comes to spraying his trees, meaning he doesnít spray at all unless something is drastically wrong. Most the varieties he grows will produce very well without any spraying. Many of his Mango trees will have Powdery Mildew covering most the blooms and many of the leaves but also will still get bumper crops of Mangos.

For me personally, the flavor of Lemon Zest is so superior that I am willing to plant it in my small yard. I may get only a few Mangos in bad Powdery Mildew years or I may have to incorporate a spray regimen but Iím willing to do the extra work for this top tier variety.

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Re: Best tasting mangos of 2018
« Reply #182 on: October 28, 2018, 08:01:18 AM »
Thus far I have grafted Lemon Zest onto two seedling tree, one manila and one Kent.  Both are doing well and are quite vigorous. I will likely have to spray the LZ with Sulfer or Copper at least several times a year to prevent powdery mildew but in my view, it is worth it for the quality of the fruit.

In 2018 my most vigorous grower was my Coconut Cream grafted on manila root-stock. Now in late October, it is starting its 3rd flush. (See attached photo)

My sweet Tart Mango tree, also on manila root-stock, grew well in 2018 but only put out one major growth flush in July so far. Perhaps it will do another in November as sometimes happens as it did in 2017 but every growing season is different.  (See 2nd Photo)

My Nam doc Mai on Manila has also done well this year. Unlike Sweet Tart is has a number of smaller flushes throughout the year on a continuous basis but the flushes only affect a limited number of branches.  Right now just like the CC some limbs are flushing but more so on the CC. (See 3rd photo)

Because I focus on the growth of my young mango trees I remove all fruit in late spring or early summer and will do so again in 2019. In 2020 I will let all of my mature trees go into maximum production. 

As a side note, the CC and Sweet tart were grafted in the summer of 2016 and the Nam Doc Mai was grafted in 2015. All of the trees were planted in the ground in 2016.

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Re: Best tasting mangos of 2018
« Reply #183 on: October 28, 2018, 10:28:20 AM »
I just cut open the single Lemon Zest I got off my tree last night and I have a new number one for the year. This LZ was mostly green when it came off the tree but it ripened to a beautiful orangish yellow. The Mango was still really firm and only gave off a very slight sweet aroma before I cut it open. The flesh was orange in color and the areas around the skin had a nice citrusy flavor.

The texture of the flesh was perfectly firm but completely ripe with no chalkiness. The juice was extremely viscous and sticky with sugar. Iíve had better Lemon Zests than this one but this one is very close to a perfect Lemon Zest. It had a Brix of 28% and tastes candy sweet with an excellent citrusy aroma and taste.  The only thing that could have been improved upon is that the citrusy taste could have been even stronger, as Iíve tasted in the past.

Here are some pictures when it fell off the tree when I gently touched it.

Here it is ripened up







Inside flesh

On a scale

Simon
Nice report Simon!
LZ was myvnumber one mango this year ST in very close pursuit. What is that black spot on LZ? Most of mine have been blemish free but every year I have some fruit that looks like that. Itís a great mango but itís a powdery mildew magnet in any rootstock Iíve grafted it.

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Re: Best tasting mangos of 2018
« Reply #184 on: October 28, 2018, 04:37:08 PM »
Hey Frank, Iím assuming that black spot is some surface fungus caused by moisture retention from the styrofoam Asian Pear wraps I use to protect my fruit. Wrapping the fruit with these types of wrappers seems to keep birds and rodents away but they hold moisture where it contacts the fruit.

6 Venus mango fruit weíre also wrapped in with these same wrappers and they got the black spot too. The fungus seems to only affect the skin and does not penetrate into the fruit.

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Re: Best tasting mangos of 2018
« Reply #185 on: November 28, 2018, 08:23:33 PM »
Hey California growers!! Where did you guys buy your Sweet Tart trees? I have an LZ (baby tree) and Peach Cobbler (also baby) but can't find a nursery that can ship sweet tart that ships to CA and from this thread it seems like a SoCal winner!

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Re: Best tasting mangos of 2018
« Reply #186 on: November 28, 2018, 10:05:12 PM »
i ordered my original trees from Plantogram.

Sweet Tart and Lemon Zest grow pretty well on the Florida Turpentine rootstock but I would still recommend grafting up your own tree on Manilla or other seedling rootstocks. The Florida trees get droopy and seem really susceptible to gummosis and Phomopsis.

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Re: Best tasting mangos of 2018
« Reply #187 on: November 28, 2018, 10:40:02 PM »
Its probably better to acquire a grafted mango tree in May or June also so keeping it happy over winter is the nursery's problem.
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Re: Best tasting mangos of 2018
« Reply #188 on: December 06, 2018, 09:26:26 PM »
Thanks Simon. Good point Brad. I noticed Plantogram doesn't have any in stock, maybe they will come spring?

 

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