Julie is from the West Indies, though people debate whether it is from Trinidad or Jamaica. Regardless, it is beloved in both places, sometimes going under the name ‘Saint Julien’.
It was probably introduced to Florida in the 1910s, and a number of Florida mangos can trace their ancestry to it.
The fruit are small, oval and a little ‘boxy’ shaped. They are green with a small amount of pink blush at maturity.
The flesh is quite soft, with a minor amount of fiber, rich in spice with a dash of coconut flavor and plenty of sweetness, making its flavor group difficult to classify. In some specimens the coconut flavor may be very pronounced.
They can be difficult to determine maturity properly, and their window period for eating once ripe is quite short. Production in Florida has typically been disappointing, with the best-producing Julies usually occurring along the coast; in the interior Julie suffers from poor fruit set and is beset with fungal issues.
The trees are naturally very dwarf, with compact horizontal growth habit and dense canopy.
They will often flower multiple times during the course of winter, often leading to two separate crops with some ultra early fruit coming from April to May. Off-season Julie fruit is not unheard of either. They are primarily an early season mango though with a majority of the fruit maturing between June and July.
Flavor: Coconut or Indian-Alphonso
Country: Trinidad - Jamaica