Ugly Betty was a seedling of ‘Carrie’ from the breeding program of Gary Zill in Boynton Beach, FL (planting # 7-20).
The fruit are oval-ovate in shape with a very uneven, bumpy surface, with a light green-yellow skin color at maturity with mottled pink blush. The flesh is yellow, fiberless, and very soft. It has a very good flavor that is similar to Carrie, with plenty of spice notes, a hint of resin, and rich sweetness, belonging in the Alphonso-Indian flavor class. The seed is monoembryonic.
Our tree has a vertical growth habit and has been a stagnant grower for us. Its production has been unimpressive thus far, as has been the case for other Ugly Betty trees we’ve had the opportunity to observe.
Making matters worse, our Ugly Betty has been a favored target of Sri Lankan weevils, which have repeatedly consumed much of the foliage. On the positive side, the tree has shown an ability to fruit in marginal growing territory in Loxahatchee so it does possess at least some anthracnose tolerance.
It is a mid-season mango here, fruiting primarily in July.
Country: Florida - USA