From a nice article published in theguardian.com, "Do you know Alphonso mango?" :
"During its brief season the Alphonso mango becomes something of a national obsession in India. (...)It's easy to see why. Alphonso's voluptuous shape and sunshine-yellow skin reveals succulent saffron-coloured flesh that's smooth and buttery: imagine a cross between peach, nectarine, apricot and melon with notes of honey and citrus. But better. (...) Alphonso is named after Afonso de Albuquerque, a nobleman and military expert who helped establish the Portuguese colony in India. It was the Portuguese who introduced grafting on mango trees to produce extraordinary varieties like Alphonso. The fruit was then introduced to the Konkan region in Maharashtra, Gujarat and parts of south India.(...) "
Mangifera indica is an evergreen tree native to India and Southeast Asia, where it has been cultivated for thousands of years. There are hundreds or thousands of varieties with different shapes, sizes, colours and flavours. Mango trees adjust their size to the growing conditions and will reach 5-25 m (15-80 ft). They are pruned low in commercial fields. Young new leaves are usually colourful, orange-pink, changing to a glossy red or copper colour. Later they darken and become leathery and green. Mangifera indica produces one of the most popular fruits of the world: firm, sweet and very aromatic, with a distinctive resinous sweet smell. They contain one large, flat, fibrous seed. The peak season is summer and autumn. Eaten fresh or used in drinks, desserts, fruit salads and salsas. Asian cusine has "1000" uses for mangoes. Even green mangoes are eaten raw as fresh appetizers with salt and lemon juice.
Here in Canarius we offer a grafted potted plant, grown in peatmoss or coconut fiber. The graft will have at least one flush of leaves hardened, but most probably two or three.
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The rootstock used for grafting is a seedling of mango Gomera-1. This is commonly used as a rootstock throughout the Canary Islands, because of their ease of growth and root hardiness to cold wet winters and drought.
Click HERE and learn more about our mango trees: Plant Size, Resistance to Cold, List of Varieties in Stock...