Pineapple Pleasure Mango Grow Guide

Ripe Pineapple Pleasure Mango
Image Credit: Miami Fruit

When it comes to mangos with a “pineapple flavor,” one particular variety stands out: the Pineapple Pleasure Mango.

This mango’s taste closely resembles that of a pineapple, to the point where one might initially mistake it for a pineapple when considering both flavor and texture. However, when evaluating its disease resistance and growth habits, it falls short of being the ‘perfect’ mango.

With that being said, this grow guide will cover everything that you need to know about Pineapple Pleasure Mango:

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Pineapple Pleasure Tree Growth Habit & Fruit Production

The Pineapple Pleasure Mango is considered a medium-sized mango tree.

Pineapple Pleasure Mangos have a moderately vigorous & spreading growth habit that produces an open canopy. As a result, Coconut Cream can realistically be kept between 10 – 15 feet tall with annual pruning. With that being said, Coconut Cream would not do well long-term in containers and would not be considered a “condo” mango.

From a flowering perspective, the tree doesn’t have a problem with blooming, even in it’s earlier years. However, Pineapple Pleasure’s fruit production consistently ranges from poor to fair. This is typical of Pineapple Pleasure and likely due to two variables:

  • The flowers are more susceptible to Anthracnose
  • The fruit are on the larger side, requiring more energy from the tree

When Pineapple Pleasure does successfully fruit, the mangos themselves are medium to large-sized fruits that typically weigh between 1.5 – 3.0 pounds.

Pineapple Pleasure Mango Flavor Profile

Pineapple Mangos are considered a Classic Flavored Mango.

Quick disclaimer: it’s important to remember that this is still a mango and will taste like a mango. Everyone has different taste buds and may taste different flavors 🙂

The fruit emits a distinct aroma with notes of pineapple and citrus. It is typically yellow in color and can vary from having minimal fiber to being entirely fiberless. Although it retains a slight firmness, the fruit is remarkably juicy and offers the familiar and delightful creamy texture associated with fiberless mangos.

Ripe Pineapple Pleasure Mango Cut in Half
Image Credit: Miami Fruit

The Pineapple Pleasure Mango offers a wonderfully intense and non-complex flavor. It boasts a strong sub-acid component that delivers a pineapple flavor more pronounced than even the Pina Colada Mango. You’ll also notice the expected tartness of a pineapple, balanced with just the right amount of sweetness. Unlike a spicy mango, its flavor is more reminiscent of a Coconut Cream, but with a markedly intense pineapple profile similar to Sugarloaf.

Additionally, the intensity of the pineapple flavor in Pineapple Pleasure Mango is directly related to its ripeness. I’ve observed that the fruit exhibits a more pronounced pineapple flavor when it’s less ripe (though you should avoid eating it when it’s green). As it ripens further, the pineapple notes gradually subside, giving way to a more traditional mango taste. Personally, I prefer to enjoy Pineapple Pleasure when it’s not fully ripe to savor its unique and distinct flavors.

Ripe Pineapple Pleasure Mango Cut In Half
Image Credit: Miami Fruit

Finally, it’s worth noting that Pineapple Pleasure Mangos produce monoembryonic seeds, which means that planting a seed from a Pineapple Pleasure Mango won’t yield another Pineapple Pleasure Mango Tree.

Pineapple Pleasure Mango Season (And When To Pick)

Pineapple Pleasure Mangos are considered a mid-season mango (June – July).

With that being said, the best time to pick Pineapple Pleasures 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. Pineapple Pleasure is perfectly ripe when the majority of the fruit transitions to a golden yellow color, similar to that of Lemon Zest or Lemon Meringue.

Pineapple Pleasure is also known for having splotching on its fruit skin, which becomes more pronounced as the fruit matures. Not to worry, though – it’s only skin deep and has no impact on the fruit’s flavor or its overall health.

Ripe Pineapple Pleasure Mango Picked From The Tree
Image Credit: Miami Fruit

Additionally, because the fruit is quite large and can bruise from falling, I recommend that those who have Pineapple Pleasure Mangos do not allow the fruit to fully ripen on the tree.

However, color is only one factor when determining whether Pineapple Pleasure is mature and ready to pick. That being said, here are some additional tips to knowing when a Pineapple Pleasure 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 beginning to turn a greenish yellow?
  • Is the fruit’s skin beginning to stretch?

Pineapple Pleasure Mangos are ready to eat when the fruit is either light-greenish yellow or fully yellow. Depending on growing conditions, the fruit may also display hints of orange or pink blushes. It’s important to remember that the level of ripeness, as we discussed earlier, directly influences the final flavor of Pineapple Pleasure.

Pineapple Pleasure Mango Disease Resistance

Pineapple Pleasure Mangos are very susceptible to Anthracnose & Powdery Mildew. As a result, I would refrain from planting Pineapple Pleasure in very humid areas (such as the Florida Interior). 

With that being said, Pineapple Pleasure can thrive in yards with a sea breeze closer to the coast or in drier areas.

Pineapple Pleasure Mango History

The Pineapple Pleasure Mango was first propagated in Boynton Beach, Florida by Gary Zill.

Pineapple Pleasure is a seedling of Springfels. The pollinating parent is believed to be Gary.

Pineapple Pleasure is also a sibling of Coconut CreamCotton Candy, Pina ColadaM-4, and Honey Kiss.

Pineapple Pleasure Mango Tree For Sale

The Pineapple Pleasure Mango is a rather unique variety that many people have not had the chance to try or even hear of, making them quite challenging to find.

I recall visiting a specialty nursery in my area where they had three of these mango trees. I was initially undecided and didn’t make a purchase that day. However, when I eventually decided to buy one, they had all been sold! Consequently, I ended up ordering a tree from Tropical Acres Farms.

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!

Conclusion

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I have an Associates Degree in Biology from the University of Florida and am also an active Florida Master Gardener. I am located in Central Florida (Zone 10A) and have 6+ years of experience with growing 20+ types of tropical trees. You can learn more about me and why I started Tropical Tree Guide on my about page.

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