ok, old post but worth the discussion. My uncle lives in Singapore and he visited me recently. I toured him my garden and he saw Nam Doc Mai mango plant. He asked if I have planted Rainbow mango. I said never heard of it, we googled and found that Rainbow Mango is english name of Maha Chanok. My Uncle swears that Maha Chanok has flavour and aroma besides sweetness, Nam Doc Mai is plain sweet and big. He didnt understand either why Asians loved Nam Doc Mai which supposedly sells at premium to Maha Chanok.
I need Maha Chanok!!!!! Dont want to spend $200 for it including delivery from Florida to Ca. My best bet is grafting onto some seedling here and hope for the best.
never heard of Mahachanok being called Rainbow mango. Maha means king, I believe. Absolutely Mahachanok has flavor and aroma in addition to being very sweet. Its flavor profile is very complex. NDM also has a flavor profile in addition to a honey sweetness. Wile both from Thai origin, they are two totally different fruits in terms of flavor and aroma. There are also multiple NDM varieties.
I am not sure what you mean by, "Asians loved Nam Doc Mai which supposedly sells at premium to Maha Chanok".
If you are in California, you will either have to pay a premium, have someone ship to you (which may not be the easiest with Cali's guidelines), or find someone out there with a tree, get some bud wood and graft yourself....or, move to South Florida.