Nam Doc Mai Mango

jupiterplants(10/A)June 16, 2012

Hi everyone, my Nam Doc Mai mango really set a lot of fruit this year for the first time . But the fruit is still green and the stem just above the fruit is darkening. I really don't know when the fruit is ripe. I see all the pictures of the fruit turning canary yellow. As you can see by my name I am a bit north of many of you ( 2 -3 week delay ) in growing time. I just thought they would be ripening by now. Do yours turn yellow ? Thanks for your input . D'Ann

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I don't have a Nam Doc Mai, but Fairchild gardens has pics of ripe yellow ones at:

    Bookmark   June 17, 2012 at 1:04AM
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puglvr1(9b central FL)

Jupiter, I don't grow NDM either...but I did find a few pictures on Yahoo that shows the skin green yet the inside was yellow (ripe). One of the ways you can check to see if its ripe is by the feel of the fruits..if you gently squeeze it and it has a little give it should be close to being ripe as opposed to being rock hard. You can pick it when it has a little color and let it ripen on the counter for a few days. Also the more exposure to direct sun the fruits get the more likely they will color up nicely. Another way is when you pick the fruit and sap flows out of the stalk when you break it off that means its not ripe yet...if you break off the stalk and no sap flows out then it is ripe or very close to ripe. Hope that helps.

    Bookmark   June 17, 2012 at 4:06PM
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Thanks Puglvrl.... sap dripped out like crazy. I must wait .

    Bookmark   June 18, 2012 at 9:48AM
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Nam Doc Mai's are basically cooking mangos, so mostly they're picked 'green'. I have several trees but they never get a chance to colour up. The Magpie Geese set on them and clean them up. Some fruit I've managed to protect did get yellowish with even a slight reddish blush. I've never tried eating them, either given away or taken away by the geese.

    Bookmark   June 19, 2012 at 11:27PM
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murahilin(10 fl)

To add to what puglvr has said regarding the sap flowing when picked, make sure to notice the color of the sap that is flowing. A mature fruit will often have a clear sap while an immature mango will have a more milky white sap. If the sap is clear or close to clear, the fruit will usually ripen off the tree.

A good way to avoid the sap damaging the fruit or flowing too much when you're picking the fruit and making a mess is to cut the fruit off the tree, leaving an inch or two of stem along with the fruit. It halts the sap flow from the fruit.

    Bookmark   June 21, 2012 at 11:06AM
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tropicbreezent, i take it you've never try a fully riped NDM before? WHere did you get the idea it's a cooking mango? Maybe when it's still green or unripe?

    Bookmark   June 22, 2012 at 12:24AM
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zands(10b Fl)

One rough ripeness gauge for any mango is this----
Wait until the first mango falls from the tree. Don't pick any before then

After this first fall you know your mangoes (Nam Doc in this case) are worth eyeballing and possibly picking off the tree before they fall. To prevent animals eating them etc

    Bookmark   June 22, 2012 at 8:27AM
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Charleslou23, Nam Dok Mai's are the 2nd or 3rd largest mango export from this area, all sold as cooking mangos. (KP's are the major export and R2E2's either 2nd or 3rd.) Also in the Asian markets here they're sold as cooking mangos. And all the agricultural notes put out on them categorise them as cooking mangos. Of course, any mango can be cooked, and any mango can be eaten raw/fresh, depending on personal tastes. I also know people who eat raw green mango dipped in soy sauce. There's no accounting for taste.

I did actually try a fully ripe Nam Dok Mai (off my own trees) but it didn't appeal to me. I prefer one I have called Strawberry mango, but I don't know if that is an official variety name or not. The other really good one is an unnamed variety which the previous owner of my place developed but never registered. So there's only one tree of that, at my place. But I still eat and enjoy other varieties of mango as well.

    Bookmark   June 22, 2012 at 10:33AM
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