Despite being around since 1988, Angie Mango recently experienced a surge in popularity when it was designated as a “Curator’s Choice Mango” at the 2010 International Mango Festival hosted by the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden.
What makes Angie Mango particularly intriguing is its unique appeal. While it can trace its lineage back to the Carrie Mango, it manages to captivate the taste buds of both die-hard Carrie enthusiasts as well as those who are not particularly fond of Carrie.
So, if you find yourself in a household divided by the age-old debate of “Carrie is the best vs. Carrie is the worst,” (even though we know it’s the best 😉), Angie Mango could serve as an excellent ‘Compromise Tree’ 😄
With that being said, this grow guide will cover everything that you need to know about Angie Mango:
Table of Contents
- Angie Mango Tree Growth Habit & Fruit Production
- Angie Mango Flavor Profile
- Angie Mango Season (And When To Pick)
- Angie Mango Disease Resistance
- Angie Mango History
- Angie Mango Tree For Sale
Angie Mango Tree Growth Habit & Fruit Production
The Angie Mango is considered a small to medium-sized mango tree.
Angie Mango Trees have a low vigor & spreading growth habit that produces a very compact and dense canopy. As a result, Angie can realistically be kept between 6 – 12 feet tall with annual pruning. With that being said, Angie would do well long-term in containers and would be considered a “condo” mango.
While Angie exhibits low vigor and a compact growth habit, it is not classified as a true dwarf tree like Julie, Pickering or Dwarf Hawaiian. Instead, Angie can be best described as a semi-dwarf tree, sharing a size and growth habit more akin to Little Gem.
Similar to Pickering, Angie’s fruit production consistently ranges from average to good. By the same token, I have observed that Angie tends to have more consistent production relative to Carrie. The mangos themselves are small to medium-sized fruits that typically weigh between 0.8 – 1.2 lbs.
Finally, Angie has an excellent flesh-to-seed ratio, ensuring there’s plenty of mango to savor.
Angie Mango Flavor Profile
Angie Mangos are considered an Indian Flavored Mango.
Angie is a stunning mango with yellow skin accented by a delicate pink blush near the top. When allowed to ripen properly, it exudes a subtle yet delightful classic mango aroma, complemented by resinous undertones. The fruit’s orange flesh is firm, fiberless, incredibly juicy, and simply melts in your mouth.
From a flavor perspective, the fruit boasts a delightful sweetness and richness with a well-balanced blend of flavors that doesn’t overwhelm the palate compared to other mangos in this category. Throughout the fruit, you’ll notice subtle spicy and resinous notes, just enough to give it a perky kind of flavor
Moreover, Angie Mango doesn’t carry a pronounced acidity that imparts other “fruity flavors” like citrus, peach, or coconut, allowing its unique mango profile to shine. Overall, Angie is a delicious and refreshing mango, offering a delightful fusion of flavors. It combines the deliciousness of Edward with the mild spiciness reminiscent of Carrie.
Personally, I hold a special fondness for Carrie (I have four trees planted in my yard), but I recognize that its spiciness can be a bit overpowering for some. So if you’re a fan of that zesty “zing” found in Carrie but prefer a milder experience, Angie does a great job with striking a balance between spiciness and a smooth, delicious mango flavor.
Finally, it’s worth noting that Angie Mangos produce monoembryonic seeds, which means that planting a seed from a Angie Mango won’t yield another Angie Mango Tree.
Angie Mango Season (And When To Pick)
Angie Mangos are considered an early season mango (May – June).
One of the advantages of Angie Mango is its extended harvest window. This means that instead of having to savor 30 fruits all at once, you can enjoy them gradually throughout their season!
With that being said, the best time to pick Angie Mangos are when they are mature and beginning to ripen on the tree. From a color perspective, this is when the fruit is beginning to show signs of yellow color break. Angie is perfectly ripe when the majority of the fruit transitions to a bright golden yellow color.
While Angie commonly develops a pinkish-red blush on the entire fruit, it’s important to remember that the red blush has nothing to do with the fruit’s ripeness. In fact, the amount of red blush that a fruit will have is dependent on the fruit’s exposure to the sun. More Sun = More Red, Less Sun = Less Red.
However, color is only one factor when determining whether an Angie is mature and ready to pick.
That being said, here are some additional tips to knowing when an Angie Mango is ready to pick:
- Is the fruit beginning to soften?
- How does the stem look? It’s it drying up near where it connects to the fruit?
- Are there beads of sap present on the fruit?
- Is the fruit’s skin beginning to stretch?
Finally, if Angie is picked too early, the fruit may not ripen properly, potentially leading to a chalky flavor. However, it’s worth noting that Angie generally has a longer shelf life when compared to other mango varieties like M4 or Sugarloaf. These alternatives tend to reach their peak flavors within just a few days after picking.
Angie Mango Disease Resistance
Angie Mango is moderately resistant to diseases such as Anthracnose and Bacterial Black Spot. However, the fruit can be susceptible to scab when not grown near the coast.
Angie Mango History
Angie Mango derived its name from Angela Whitman, the wife of William Whitman Jr. William held the distinction of being a founding member and the inaugural president of the Rare Fruit Council International.
As previously mentioned, Angie received the prestigious designation of a “Curator’s Choice” mango at the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden’s 2010 International Mango Festival.
Angie Mango Tree For Sale
Angie Mango is a relatively uncommon cultivar, and in my visits to local nurseries, I’ve never come across it for sale.
I suspect this scarcity may be attributed to the fact that individuals who adore the flavor of Carrie Mango typically opt for the straightforward choice of a Carrie. Conversely, those who are not particularly fond of the Carrie flavor profile tend to steer clear of mango varieties that share a similar taste profile, such as Julie, Super Julie, Ugly Betty and the like.
With that being said, if you are unable to find one at a local nursery, your next best option is checking out Tropical Acres Farms (not sponsored). They are the only legit place online (from my experience) that you are getting exactly what you are paying for.
They have over 300 varieties of mangos available. You can either order budwood to graft yourself or submit a grafting request to have a grafted tree created for you. They do ship!
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