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This variety was hard to find, but it's supposed to be better than Red Lady.  I bought seeds and started some plants.  I have an extra plant, which I just put in a 3-gal. pot, so it could stay in the pot for at least two months.  $25.  Local pick-up only.

Another season - :).

Was that "sold out" for the day, or "sold out" for the season?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Mangoes of India
« on: July 06, 2024, 11:39:55 PM »
Very cool map!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: FL 2024 Trip Jaboticaba45
« on: July 06, 2024, 11:38:03 PM »
I don't think there's any way we can know how good next year will be when it comes to the mango crop.  ???

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: 2024 FL Mango Season
« on: July 05, 2024, 02:39:06 PM »
I've been eating some Lemon Zest, which aren't the GOAT.  They're good, but definitely not the GOAT.  The flavor possibly got washed out by a lot of rain.  Pickerings have been classically Pickering with their coconut flavor--a pretty solid mango that doesn't blow your mind.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: 2024 FL Mango Season
« on: July 05, 2024, 11:00:17 AM »
What mango variety is the M-10 and M-17? Does Alex at Tropicalacres grow it? I’ve never heard of it.
He has them on his master list.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: 2024 FL Mango Season
« on: July 04, 2024, 11:33:34 PM »
Any tips for picking Maha?
Let them get full (glorious) color.  Mahachanok not only looks great, but tastes great, too.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Happy 4th!
« on: July 04, 2024, 04:30:04 PM »
Happy 4th of July everybody!

Gonna slice up these babies today along with the grilled burgers and hotdogs.

Mahas are such beautiful mangos!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: 2024 FL Mango Season
« on: July 04, 2024, 04:25:35 PM »
I tasted a Dwarf Hawaiian the other day, and it was the sweetest mango and one of the richest flavored I've ever eaten.  It belongs on the Flavor Bomb Short List along with Piña Colada, SweetTart, and PPK/LM.  If I get the chance to plant a selection of mango trees in the future (like at a new house), I'm definitely including Dwarf Hawaiian.  I had thought about including it in the past.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Right time to pic OS?
« on: July 03, 2024, 12:53:12 PM »
Looks good to me also.  I tasted one for the first time a few days ago.  Excellent mango.   :)  I don't see how it could ever beat PPK/LM, but it's still a superb mango.

Sturgis Lumber had some monsters this morning.  After taste testing - you just cant beat the flavor in all the sizes.  High quality fruit - world class flavor.

You can grow your own plants from the tops, right?

The crowd favorite at 11:45 was SweetTart over White Pirie, Angie, Dot, Mahachanok, and Cac.  It was the only one that stood out in that group.  Without any of the peel included with the slices it was difficult to determine the full flavor of any mango.

I also got to taste for the first time Orange Sherbet and Sugarloaf (underripe) later in the day at another location.  Two outstanding mangos!

Damn!  I hope I can make it up there.  I have room for a small pineapple patch.  :)


Afternoon closing session with ask the experts. Left to right.
Julian Lara,  Lara Farms, Homestead, Florida
Alexander Salazar (Squam256), Tropical Acres Farm, West Palm Beach,  Florida
Dale Ericksen, Ericksen Farm, since 1910 on the SE banks of Lake Okeechobee
Walter Zill,  Zill's Mangoes, Boynton Beach, Florida - oldest son of Laurence Zill
Dr. Jonathan Crane, Tropical Fruit Specialist, Univ. Of Florida / IFAS TREC, Homestead,  Florida
Gary Zill, Zill's High-Performance Nursery, Lake Worth Beach, Florida
Walter gets very emotional and tender-hearted when talking about mangos.  They're obviously the love of his life.

John51 did you bring the West Palm Beach Garden gnome🤣
YouTuber camera hounds are fair game
But seriously Paul has done a good job getting interviews with most of these folks and think he was involved in the organization of this event. So I have to give him kudos for that. John51 maybe we should start a GoFundMe page to purchase Paul a supply of razors he looks kind of Scruffy and it looks like he wore out the toes of his work boots LOL
Paul's a lovable gnome! As a YouTube creator, he "tries harder," bless his heart.  I admire his lack of self-consciousness. He led our mango tasting session, mispronouncing names as usual.  Kesar was "kaiser," Mahachanok was "ma-ha-sha-NOOK," and White Pirie was "white pur-REE."  In addition to being a vegan, he has some non-mainstream religious beliefs with a separate YouTube channel devoted to that.  I think the beard is part of his religious belief system.

The display of different varieties was simply amazing. This impressed me beyond words.
I felt the same way.  It was beyond my imagination that all these varieties are currently being grown somewhere in Florida.  I think the event was a huge success, and the weather in spite of a few showers was perfect.  I met and got to chat with the legendary Maurice Kong, who brought us the life-altering PPK/LM mango.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Florida Mango Trip Review
« on: June 29, 2024, 09:06:29 AM »
Next time you're out this way, you should stop by our little farm. My wife sells the mangoes. (No shipping tho.) She's still $4 / pound. We had a pretty nice crop this year.
Jeff, do you still have mangoes?

I've been to Walter's a few times over the years.  He sells beautiful mangos, but the selection of varieties is more limited than the other two.  He's more friendly and engaging, but I think I'd have to recommend TAF for potentially the best selection along with consistent quality.

I stopped going to TA due to many of the mangoes I had must of been drops and the quality suffered. At the price per pound they charge I was surprised. Also if you dont get Alex helping you most of the staff has no clue what is what.
So maybe quality issues at both TT and TAF (and they ain't cheap)?  I see why you prefer Walter's!  He's closed on Saturdays. (SDA?)

I would skip both and go to Walter Zill.
I've been to Walter's a few times over the years.  He sells beautiful mangos, but the selection of varieties is more limited than the other two.  He's more friendly and engaging, but I think I'd have to recommend TAF for potentially the best selection along with consistent quality.


This was sent to you by UF/IFAS Extension - Palm Beach County

 Dear Guests,

We are excited to welcome you to the2024 Florida Mango Fest! Before you join us, please take note of the following important information to ensure a smooth and enjoyable experience:

View the program here: Mango Program final.pdf

Includes the seminar schedule, map, vendors, and more. Take a moment to plan your visit.
Parking and Transportation: Location: 531 N. Military Trail, West Palm Beach, FL

Parking: Please park in our event parking lot, just north of Mounts Botanical Garden's main entrance. Look for the signs and parking assistants to guide you. 
Rideshares and Carpooling: We encourage you to use rideshares and carpooling to reduce traffic and make parking easier.
Ticket Information:

Have your Mango Fest ticket ready: before you approach the entry gate, have your printed or electronic event QR code ready to be scanned.
No Onsite Mango Fest Ticket Sales: All Mango Fest tickets must have been purchased through Eventbrite in advance.
Free Admission for Young Children: Children aged 2 and under can attend the festival for free.
·        Please arrive at the Garden Pavilion 10 minutes before your selected mango-tasting time. If you miss your tasting time, we will try to fit you in later, but we ca nnot guarantee this accommodation.

What to Bring:

Umbrella/Rain Protection: The event will proceed rain or shine, so please come prepared for any weather.
Sunscreen: Protect yourself from the sun.
Reusable Water Bottle: Stay hydrated throughout the day.
Reusable Bag: Perfect for carrying any mangoes or other items you purchase at the festival.
We look forward to seeing you at the Florida Mango Fest! If you have any questions or need more help, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Warm regards,

Florida Mango Fest Planning Committee



Tickets Sold Out - Florida Mango Fest 2024 Palm Beach
Sunday, June 30, 2024 from 9:30 AM to 5:00 PM (EDT)

531 N Military Trl
531 North Military Trail
West Palm Beach, FL 33415

Organized by UF/IFAS Extension - Palm Beach County

Questions about the event?

Contact the organizer

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Sugarloaf vs. Piña Colada Mango
« on: June 26, 2024, 12:45:25 PM »
In this tasting video, Piña Colada blows Sugarloaf away.

THE FINAL WORD (hopefully!) from JoshW44:

Hi Just wanted to comment on this post to help clarify how they will be selling tickets at the gate. I have been emailing the event coordinator Candace Smith and this is what she said in our email conversation when I asked her about whether or not they would be selling tickets at the gate.

"Mounts will be selling tickets at the gate to enter the garden, this will not be the same tickets as Mango Fest. If they enter through Mounts, they will only have access to the vendors and the garden, Not the lectures or tasting."

So it looks like if you just want access to the vendors and whatnot then you can buy tickets at the gate, but all other portions of the event you will not be able to do with those tickets which were purchased at the gate.

Hope this helps everyone.

Thank you for clarifying, Josh.  There sure has been a lot of confusion concerning this event, but I think you've given us the final word.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: everyones top five mangos
« on: June 24, 2024, 09:51:16 PM »
Feels like we've been here before...
This is a recuring topic, for sure!  At least once a year?  :)  (We love mangos.)

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Is Angie a Top-Tier Mango?
« on: June 24, 2024, 09:46:01 PM »
I wouldn't plant it again.  There are far better choices out there.  That said, many have grown it and said that it's excellent.  So maybe under the right conditions?

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