This mango was selected in the Panama Canal Zone in the early 1900s, and was a favorite of David Fairchild and his family, after whom it was named.
It was probably a hybrid between a Saigon-type mango and an Indian variety, as it possesses indochinese characteristics but is monoembryonic.
It was first introduced to the US via Hawaii in 1926, and later to Florida by David Fairchild in 1936 but did not receive propagation. In the 1990s it was re-introduced to Florida by Carl Campbell and ultimately promoted by his son Richard for its value as a back yard tree.
Fairchild fruit are small, oblong-ovoid in shape and turn yellow at maturity.
They have a fiberless flesh with a somewhat large seed, and have a citrusy flavor when ‘regular ripe’. They should be allowed to turn a bronze-color when they achieve their full flavor and sweetness, best described as an Indochinese-indian hybrid class flavor.
The trees have a low growth habit that makes them very manageable. Their anthracnose resistance is best termed ‘moderate’, usually not encountering problems until deeper inland. Production ranges from ‘fair’ to ‘good’.
Fairchild is an early-to-mid season mango in Florida typically ripening from June to July. At this point we believe Fairchild is resistant to mango bacterial black spot disease.
We previously grew a number of Fairchild trees in Loxahatchee Groves where they were inconsistent bearers due to fungus at the flowering stages.
Flavor: Indian-Indochinese hybrids