Pina Colada is an outstanding selection from the breeding program of Gary Zill in Boynton Beach, FL (planting # 40-14). Its maternal parent was ‘Dot’ and ‘Gary’ was its paternal parent.
The fruit tend to be quite small, less than 8 ounces in many instances. They have an ovate shape with tapered bottom similar to that of the ‘Fairchild’, and turn a light yellow when ripe. The flesh is light yellow, soft, and fiberless, containing a polyembryonic seed. The flavor of Piña Colada is rich as syrup at the regular ripe stage, like a ‘Dot’ mango on steroids. At the riper stage, its namesake enters the flavor profile and it takes on those remarkable pineapple and coconut notes found in the frozen drink. Almost sickenly sweet, it is not a mango for the faint of heart!
The trees are slow growers with spreading, open canopy. Unfortunately, they are highly anthracnose prone and tend to produce too many male flowers. For these reasons, we do not recommend them for the deep interior. On the positive side, Pina Colada appears resistant to bacterial black spot.
Piña Colada is a mango best suited to be grown in close proximity to the ocean, where you might also enjoy one at the beach under the tropical sun.
It is a mid-season mango ripening from July to August.