Mango “Alphonso”

Mangifera indica ‘Alphonso’ is a cultivar, or variety, of mango that is native to India and is known for its sweet, fragrant flavour and smooth, fiberless flesh. It is often considered the “king of mangoes” and is one of the most popular mango cultivars in India and other parts of South Asia.

Mangifera Alphonso

Alphonso mangoes are medium to large in size and have a round or oval shape. Their skin is yellow or orange in colour, and the flesh is a deep orange colour and has a smooth, creamy texture. Alphonso mangoes are generally considered to be sweet, with a rich, tropical flavour.

Alphonso mangoes are often used in a variety of dishes and drinks, including smoothies, chutneys, and salads. They are also used to make mango puree, juice, and other processed products. Alphonso mangoes are a rich source of nutrients, including vitamins A and C, potassium, and dietary fiber.

Alphonso mangoes are typically available during the summer months in South Asia and in other parts of the world where they are grown. They are often exported to other countries, where they are available in speciality stores or through online retailers.

How to grow Mangifera indica ‘Alphonso’

If you are interested in growing your own Alphonso mangoes, here are some tips to consider:

  1. Choose a location with full sun exposure, as mangoes need plenty of sunlight to thrive.
  2. Select a well-draining soil that is rich in organic matter. Mangoes prefer slightly acidic soil with a pH between 6.0 and 6.5.
  3. Plant your mango tree in a hole that is twice as wide and just as deep as the root ball.
  4. Water your mango tree regularly, providing enough water to keep the soil evenly moist but not waterlogged.
  5. Fertilize your mango tree with a balanced fertilize that is formulated for fruit trees. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for application.
  6. Prune your mango tree to remove dead or diseased branches and to shape the tree as desired.
  7. Protect your mango tree from pests and diseases by regularly inspecting the tree and treating any issues as needed.

By following these tips, you can help ensure that your Alphonso mango tree grows and produces healthy fruit. Keep in mind that mango trees can take several years to mature and produce fruit, so patience is key.