The Mallika mango was a hybrid from India’s national mango breeding program, the result of a cross between Neelam and Dasheri made in the 1970s.
It was selected for its productivity, disease resistance, and excellent eating quality. It was introduced to Florida where it has been promoted in the past by Fairchild Garden’s Mango Festival as a good variety for backyard growers.
It has had mixed reception though due to the difficulty many have in determining when to harvest the fruit.
The fruit are oval-oblong, somewhat flattened. They will turn a light yellow color as they ripen, with zero red blush. The flesh is firm but fiberless, and when ripened properly has a delicious citrusy orange flavor with honey notes, similar to its parent Dasheri as well as Lemon Zest. The seed is monoembryonic.
Unfortunately, when Mallika is harvested too green, as it often is, the flavor is carrot-like, its texture meally and unimpressive. Tree ripened fruit can take on a soured and unpleasant component as well.
Picking Mallika requires some trial and error, but properly harvested Mallikas will generally take about a full week to really ripen properly. The trees are moderately vigorous growers with spreading, dense canopy.
The fruit is a mid-season mango in south Florida ripening primarily in July.
Mallika has good resistance to anthracnose and powdery mildew; however, In 2018 we discovered Mallika is highly prone to bacterial black spot and lost most of the fruit to it, calling into question its future. The tree did better in 2019 and produced another massive crop with reduced fruit loss, so we will continue evaluating it.