Mango 'Nam Doc Mai' (Mangifera indica)
Nam Doc Mai is a premium mango cultivar that was developed in Thailand and introduced to Florida in 1973. It is considered the best-tasting, fiberless Asian mango, and it fruits prolifically on semi-dwarf trees, perfect for containers or for limited space in the landscape.
A member of the Cashew family (Anacardiaceae), the Nam Doc Mai mango grows 10-15 feet tall and produces highly aromatic, elongated, golden-yellow fruit blushed with pink. The pale-yellow flesh has a smooth, silky texture and is intensely sweet, tasting of honey with floral notes, and is considered an excellent dessert-quality mango. The ripe fruit can be eaten out-of-hand or added fresh to fruit salads, garden salads, smoothies, and ice cream. The sour, unripe fruit can also be eaten and is used in Thai cuisine and for mango chili paste.
The trees bloom in late winter to early spring and generally produce fruits in June-July. Sometimes flowers bloom at different times on the branches, which extends the harvest time. Nam Doc Mai grows in full sun, in rich, moist, well-draining soil. Its small size makes it great for containers or as an attractive fruit tree for a modest-sized property. It is hardy in USDA zones 9 to 11.