Lancetilla is famous for being one of the largest mangos in existence.
Some specimens have weighed up to 5 pounds but they generally weigh 3-4 pounds at maturity. It was selected in Lancetilla, Honduras many decades ago and brought to the US by Carl and Richard Campbell. Based on its shape, color and flavor characteristics we speculate it may be derived from Totapuri/Sandersha. It was later erroneously promoted as a ‘small tree’ or ‘condo mango’, which it absolutely is not. The trees are actually vigorous growers and require significant pruning to control.
The fruit are ovoid-oblong shaped, green-yellow with light red blush at maturity, and firm, fiberless flesh with an Indian/West Indian flavor that has a light resin component. Over time, this mango has improved enough that we actually enjoy its flavor quite a bit. It is similar to mangos like Step and Gaylour.
The fruit have a problem with splitting open while on the tree and can be susceptible to rotting fungi due to skin breaks.
Lancetilla also tends to drop a disproportionate amount of its young fruit compared to other mangos. For these reasons, we do not recommend Lancetilla as a tree for people with limited space and options. It is perhaps best described as a collector mango and a curiosity.
The fruit ripen from July to August
Flavor: Indian/West Indian