White Pirie Mango Grow Guide

To be honest, I am shocked that more people/farms are not growing White Pirie Mangos.

With its small and manageable tree size, coupled with a distinctive top-tier flavor, White Pirie is a delicious and ‘must-have’ cultivar for those who love strong and complex-tasting mangos.

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

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White Pirie Mango Tree Growth Habit & Fruit Production

The White Pirie Mango is considered a small to medium-sized mango tree.

White Pirie Mango Trees have a low vigor & spreading growth habit that produces an open canopy that is not aggressive by any means. As a result, White Pirie can realistically be kept between 8 – 12 feet tall with annual pruning. While the tree is easily manageable, their lack of natural compactness means they would not do well long-term in containers and would not be considered a “condo” mango.

Like other Hawaiian Mangos, White Pirie is known to be fairly precocious. While this cultivar has no problems producing flowers and fruit early in its life, White Pirie’s fruit production consistently ranges from fair to average.

The mangos themselves are small to medium-sized fruits that typically weigh between 0.7 – 1.5 lbs.

White Pirie Mango Flavor Profile

White Pirie Mangos are considered an Indian Flavored Mango.

Slicing into the fruit will reveal orangish-yellow, fiberless flesh with a creamy (but not mushy) texture that is also somewhat firm. Furthermore, White Pirie also has a very strong aroma containing distinct piney and resinous notes.

From a flavor perspective, White Pirie Mango boasts a very distinct, complex, and resinous flavor. Each bite starts with a strong resinous punch but quickly transitions to a rich, syrupy sweetness with notes of tangerine. It’s honestly a flavor that will have you scratching your head because you get the familiar resinous spice of an Indian Mango mixed with unexpected citrus notes. It’s so weird (in a good way)!

When compared to other mangos I’ve sampled, there is simply no other mango that possesses this unique combination of distinctive, yet well-balanced, flavors.

With that being said, Bombay Mango does have a very similar resinous intensity. However, Bombay’s flavor really starts and ends with the intense resinous flavor, whereas White Pirie tastes like an ‘Improved Bombay’ that adds unique flavors on top of the ‘raw’ spiciness of the Bombay.

Overall, White Pirie’s flavor will be mostly appreciated by those looking for a strong Indian Mango with a distinct and well-balanced syrupy sweet flavor.

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

White Pirie Mango Season (And When To Pick)

White Pirie Mangos are considered a mid-season mango (June – July).

With that being said, the best time to pick White Pirie Mangos are when they are mature and beginning to ripen on the tree. From a color perspective, this is when the fruit’s skin is approximately 50% yellow and 50% green. White is perfectly ripe when the majority of the fruit transitions to a whitish light-yellow color.

While White Pirie Mangos can also develop a pastel red blush towards the top of the fruit, 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.

Aside from color, here are some additional tips to knowing when White Pirie 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?

White Pirie Mango Disease Resistance

White Pirie Mango is moderately prone to both Anthracnose & Powdery Mildew.

As a result, White Pirie would not be a good cultivar to grow in more humid areas; instead, it thrives best when planted in drier areas like along the coast.

White Pirie Mango History

White Pirie Mango is primarily grown (and extremely popular) in Hawaii, where it was first planted approximately 100 years ago. So, while it may sound like a new variety to those growing mangos in Florida, it is actually a much older variety that is closer in age to Haden Mango.

White Pirie Mango is speculated to be a seedling of Bombay Mango (Indian Pirie).

White Pirie Mango Tree For Sale

Unless you live in Hawaii, White Pirie is considered more of a collector’s mango and is fairly difficult to source. If you don’t have access to a local nursery specializing in unique mango cultivars, you will likely not find White Pirie being sold anywhere.

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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Matthew Rowlings

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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