Known as the “king” of mangos among many in south India where it hails from, Alphonso is perhaps the most famous of the Indian mangos worldwide. Though it is much prized in its homeland, Alphonso has developed a poor reputation in Florida for its performance in our climate. Our Alphonso has performed reasonably well however.
After some struggles initially, the fruit has impressed for the last several years. The flesh is yellow, medium firm, with minimal fiber, containing a monoembryonic seed. It has a flavor rich in spice elements with a subacid component. Alphonso trees, which are vigorous growers, tend to struggle with disease in Florida on their flowers and fruit and their production often suffers as a result.
The fruit mature from late June through July here. Good alternatives for those seeking the Alphonso-class flavor are ‘Angie’ and ‘Carrie’.