Carrie was a seedling of Sophie Frey, and a grandchild of the Julie mango. It was selected by the Zill family in the 1940s from a field planting intended for rootstock and named after Carrie Zill, Laurence Zill’s grandmother. The Carrie had a very unique strong flavor that made it very popular among those who appreciated it. Today it has a major following by people from India who liken it to the Alphonso, as well as people from the West Indies who enjoy its spice component in the flavor.
Americans tend to be divided on it, with some regarding it as their favorite and others finding the flavor too medicinal and overpowering. The fruit itself is small-to-medium sized, oval shaped and only yellow at maturity; when grown inland it often stays green when ripe. Its an early season mango generally ripening from May to July.
The fruit do not ripen well when harvested early and should be allowed to soften while on the tree. They must then immediately be harvested and consumed within approximately 48 hours, after which they become overripe and objective. The fruit is also extremely soft, bruising very easily and making them difficult to handle or ship.
Once considered very fungus resistant, we have found that Carrie is susceptible to newer strains of anthracnose particularly in marginal growing areas in the interior. The trees also have a tendency to produce bad ratios of male flowers, limiting fruit set and yield some years. On the positive side, Carrie appears very resistant to bacterial spot and rot diseases.
Due to its drawbacks, We no longer are planting Carrie but do have a number of trees in production. Good alternatives for those seeking Carrie when its unavailable are the Angie, Super Julie, Ugly Betty, or Juliett