Sometimes spelled Neelam, this mango is from south India where it is grown on commercial scale. It is a very late-season mango, generally maturing from August to September, with some fruit lasting into October certain years.
The fruit are small, oval-ovate in shape, and turn yellow along the coast, tending to stay green when ripe in the interior areas. The flesh is fiberless, pale yellow, and has a lovely Indian/West Indian flavor with a light resin note. The seed is monoembryonic.
The trees have a low spreading growth habit, and the leaves are long, thin and distinctive. They are very manageable and can be kept small with relative ease.
The flowers and fruit are very fungus resistant, so much so that Neelum fruited successfully for us in Loxahatchee without any spraying.
Flavor: Indian/West Indian