If you savor the delightful taste of Caribbean Mangos like Julie and Bombay, then you’ll love Jakarta.
Boasting a beautiful sunset blush and a flavor that lives up to its appearance, Jakarta is a great mango… when you can get it #Foreshadowing 👀
With that being said, this grow guide will cover everything that you need to know about Jakarta Mango:
Table of Contents
- Jakarta Mango Tree Growth Habit & Fruit Production
- Jakarta Mango Flavor Profile
- Jakarta Mango Season (And When To Pick)
- Jakarta Mango Disease Resistance
- Jakarta Mango History
- Jakarta Mango Tree For Sale
Jakarta Mango Tree Growth Habit & Fruit Production
The Jakarta Mango is considered a large-sized mango tree.
Jakarta Mangos have a very vigorous & upright growth habit that produces a densely rounded canopy. As a result, Jakarta can realistically be kept between 20 – 25 feet tall with annual pruning. Due to the tree’s natural vigor, Jakarta would not do well long-term in containers and would not be considered a “condo” mango.
Jakarta’s fruit production consistently ranges from fair to average. It is speculated that the potential for mediocre yields is likely due to a combination of disease pressures, particularly powdery mildew, as well as cross-pollination compatibility. The mangos themselves are medium-sized fruits that typically weigh between 1 – 1.5 lbs
Side Note: If you are looking for a smaller tree with heavier production that tastes similar to Jakarta, you should check out Emerald 🙂
Jakarta’s production can be improved under specific circumstances, such as implementing an effective disease control program and limiting plantings to areas along the coast. However, even with these measures, the overall fruit yield remains mediocre in relation to the size of the tree. Said another way, Jakarta is not comparable to Kent, Keitt, or Valencia Pride, where you can consistently expect a great crop from a larger tree.
Jakarta Mango Flavor Profile
Jakarta Mangos are considered an Indian Flavored Mango.
Slicing into the fruit will unveil an orangish-yellow, virtually fiberless flesh. It also boasts a smooth, juicy, and tender texture, accompanied by a sweet and spicy aroma.
From a flavor perspective, the Jakarta Mango has a rich yet uniquely resinous mango flavor. Jakarta offers a mildly sweet profile with a prominent resinous note that blends harmoniously with fruity components, resulting in a delightful and exotic flavor. Relative to other mangos that I have sampled, the flavor reminds me of a Bombay but with the ‘spiciness/resinous knob’ turned up slightly.
Overall, Jakarta’s flavor will be mostly appreciated by those who are looking for a delicious, resinous mango 😃
Finally, it’s worth noting that Jakarta Mangos produce monoembryonic seeds, which means that planting a seed from a Jakarta Mango won’t yield another Jakarta Mango Tree.
Jakarta Mango Season (And When To Pick)
Jakarta Mangos are considered a mid-season mango (June – July).
The best time to pick Jakarta 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 towards the bottom half of the fruit. Jakarta is considered perfectly ripe when most of the fruit, not covered by its sunset orange-red blush, transitions to a yellowish-green color, along with the presence of prominent white lenticels.
With that being said, it’s important to remember that a mango’s blush has nothing to do with the fruit’s ripeness. A rule of thumb to remember is that More Sun = More Blush, Less Sun = Less Blush.
Additionally, it’s perfectly normal for ripe fruit to have some green patches.
Aside from color, here are some additional tips to knowing when Jakarta Mango is ready to pick:
- Is the bottom of the fruit stretched out and plump?
- Are there beads of sap on the fruit ?
- How does the stem look? It’s it drying up near where it connects to the fruit?
- Is the fruit’s skin beginning to stretch?
- Is the fruit beginning to soften ever so slightly?
It’s important to mention that Jakarta Mangos are vulnerable to internal breakdown later in the season due to heightened rainfall. Consequently, if a significant rain event is forecasted, it would be prudent to harvest the fruit and let them ripen on the counter, provided they are already mature.
Jakarta Mango Disease Resistance
Jakarta Mango is very prone to Powdery Mildew. As a result, Jakarta would not be a good cultivar to grow in more humid areas and should instead be planted in drier areas, such as along the coast.
Jakarta Mango History
The Jakarta Mango was first propagated in Boynton Beach, Fl by the Zill Family. Despite it’s name, Jakarta has no association with the country of Indonesia.
Below is an excerpt on the history of Jakarta Mango from Walter Zill’s Autobiography:
This chance seedling grew vigorously beneath a Kent mango tree not blooming for years after it had grown to the size when most mango trees reach maturity. Eventually I decided to cut it out to provide more space for the trees that produced fruit.
When Dad happened by and saw my ax work, he stopped me, saying, “Give it another year. Maybe next year it will fruit.” I stopped, and next year it bloomed and set fruit. The large fruit, free of fiber, had a special flavor that reminded my brother of the variety known as Paheri. He began calling it the “Paheri Seedling”.
His wife seemed never to recall that name and proceeded to call it “Jakarta seedling”. The name stuck, minus the “seedling. It is believed to be a seedling from Kent and has no beginnings anywhere in Indonesia.Walter Zill, Maturing With Mangoes
Jakarta is a seedling of Kent. It’s pollinating parent is Bombay.
Jakarta Mango Tree For Sale
Despite being around for a while, the availability of Jakarta Mango can vary from uncommon-to-common. I speculate this is the case because of Jakarta’s poor disease resistance as well as the tree-size-to-fruit ratio.
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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