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Starts: Saturday, July 19, 2014 Ends: Saturday, July 19, 2014
From: 9:00 am to 12:00 pm
Phone: 956-233-4792
Address: 27510 Ted Hunt Rd, Los Fresnos, TX 78566, USA
We invite you to join us in celebrating all things MANGO. See many of the different varieties we can grow in South Texas, sample and vote on your choice for the best tasting mango and learn about growing your own mango tree. Culinary presentations and mango dishes to enjoy. Local growers can show off their mangos at the Mango Contest for the Biggest Mango, the Most Beautiful Mango and the Most Bizarre Mango. A Mr. Mango Head Contest for the kids and a Mango Food Contest for professional and amateur chefs. See our web site or call for additional information.


It's ICE CREAM SOCIAL time again!!!  On Saturday, May 31 from 2-4 PM  we will be serving up some of our favorite Tropical Fruit Ice Creams.  Purchase your first scoop ticket and get a second scoop free.  We will have 12 different flavors including Guava, Jackfruit and Black Sapote.  Don't miss this celecbration of the start of the summer.
The mangos are coming along nicely now - so many of the trees have those little green fruits -  put July 19th on your calender MANGO FIESTIVAL 2014 is on the schedule.  Last year several of our most enthusiastic Mango Lovers said they would enjoying helping out at our next event.  So, if you would like to help us, please send me a note so I can add your name to our roster.
Our new Farm Tour format has gotten good reviews.  Please remember you must register at least 3 days in advance for our Farm Tours.  Upcoming tours are listed on our calender.  
And we remind all of our friends that these days everyone has to be a responsible citrus owner. You can find forms and more information about the deadly disease at the following website: Texas Citrus Greening.   Please remember that Texas has had citrus greening for nearly 2 years and this disesae is showing up in new places.  The most effective approach to killing the spreaders of this disease is to work with all citrus growers on an Area Wide Management strategy.
For our Upper Valley neighbors - the QUINTA MAZATLAN  carries our jellies.  In Brownsville, the HISTORIC BROWNSVILLE MUSEUM is the exclusive retailer of our Convent Grape Butter along with our other jellies.  Our jellies are also available at the EDINBURG WORLD BIRDING CENTER.
For our friends in the Corpus area you can find our jellies at THE BLEU FROG MERCANTILE. and in the Houston area we are at the EURO BAKERY and CAFE in Spring. 

Keep Hot Wax on hand to make it easier to deal with those first appearances of pests like aphids, whiteflies and spider mites. This is a natural insect repellent that blends capsaicin with a highly refined paraffin wax and other "food-grade" ingredients. The result is a spray that coats plants with a harmless, micro-thin barrier to deter pests. Some insects are done in by capsaicin, others by the wax.  And as a added benefit it also works as an "anti-transpirant," reducing water loss and resulting stress...a true benefit for new transplants.
And keep up with your preventive spraying with Neem Oil.  Regular preventive spraying is imperative to protect your fruit trees (especially citrus) from the the serious insect pressures the Valley is under.  Using 100 % pure Neem Oil means you are taking advantage of the nearly 200 compounds in this oil, not the single active ingredient that most "ready to use" products contain.  
Bio-Wash is one of those products we just could not manage without.  Being completely bio-degradable, non-toxic to humans, birds, horses, farm animals and aquatic life and carcinogen free, makes this an important tool for fruit, flower, vegetable and grain production.  It will wash away the protective coatings of many insects, it increases the Cation Exchange Capacity (CEC) of plants resulting in enhanced growth, hardiness and yield, raised BRIX levels and accelerated photosynthesis.  Like many members of the Rare Fruit Council, we will be forever in debt to Bob Murray of Tree House Nursery on Pine Island for introducing us to this product.
Once the weather begins to warmup a bit, don't forget about applying Beneficial Nematodes.  These nematodes are especially effective in getting rid of Fire Ants as well as beet armyworms, black cutworms, cabbage maggots, cucumber beetles, fruit flies, fungus flies, leaf miners, onion  maggots, plant parastic nematodes along with those pet-annoying pests - fleas.

Saturday, May 31 is our Welcome to Summer Ice Cream Social. What a great way to sample some of the more exotic tropical fruits you may not have tasted before. Of course we will have our Almost World Famous Nuthin' But Fruit Sorbet, but our other cool treats will include fruits like Avocado, Black Sapote (and we've been getting some requests for Black Sapote Rocky Road), Grapefruit, Guava, Jackfruit (new this year), along with Sapodilla and Sugar Apple for starters.

You can purchase your First Scoop Ticket now at the Nursery and get your 2nd scoop free. We will have these tickets available through May 25. The ice creams, frozen yogurts and sorbets are $3 a scoop.

And—we will provide the spoons!

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While "Flavor" is very subjective, and each country that grows mangoes is very nationalistic, these are the mango varieties that are the most sought after around the world because of sweetnesss (Brix) and demand.

The Chaunsa has a Brix rating in the 22 degree level which is unheard of!
Carabao claims to be the sweetest mango in the world and was able to register this in the Guiness book of world records.
Perhaps it is time for a GLOBAL taste test ???

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Alphonso (mango)
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Alphonso (हापुस Haapoos in Marathi, હાફુસ in Gujarati, ಆಪೂಸ್ Aapoos in Kannada) is a mango cultivar that is considered by many[who?] to be one of the best in terms of sweetness, richness and flavor. 

It has considerable shelf life of a week after it is ripe making it exportable. 

It is also one of the most expensive kinds of mango and is grown mainly in Kokan region of western India.

 It is in season April through May and the fruit wei…

Mangoes date back 65 million years according to research ...

Experts at the Birbal Sahni Institute of Palaeobotany (BSIP) here have traced the origin of mango to the hills of Meghalaya, India from a 65 million year-old fossil of a mango leaf. 

The earlier fossil records of mango (Mangifera indica) from the Northeast and elsewhere were 25 to 30 million years old. The 'carbonized leaf fossil' from Damalgiri area of Meghalaya hills, believed to be a mango tree from the peninsular India, was found by Dr R. C. Mehrotra, senior scientist, BSIP and his colleagues. 

After careful analysis of the fossil of the mango leaf and leaves of modern plants, the BISP scientist found many of the fossil leaf characters to be similar to mangifera.

An extensive study of the anatomy and morphology of several modern-day species of the genus mangifera with the fossil samples had reinforced the concept that its centre of origin is Northeast India, from where it spread into neighbouring areas, says Dr. Mehrotra. 

The genus is believed to have disseminated into neighb…

DHL (INDIA) makes gifting mangoes as easy as 1-2-3-....

Gifting mangoes is now easy with DHL
Announcement / Corporate

 May 19, 2011, 14:04 IST

Come this summer pamper your loved ones abroad with a box of delicious mangoes through DHL’s Express Easy Mango service, a unique one-stop-shop and hassle-free service for gifting mangoes all across the world.

This unique service by DHL Express, the world’s leading express company, allows customers to send mangoes from India across the world to the following countries Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Hong Kong, Italy, Luxemburg, Maldives, Netherlands, Norway, Oman, Qatar Singapore, Switzerland and Sweden.

Mangoes can be availed of free of cost by merely paying for the Air Express service. In addition, DHL Express assists customers with the necessary paperwork along with procurement of quality-grade Alphonso mangoes.

Commenting on the new service, Mr. R.S Subramanian, Country Head, DHL Express India said: “With the advent of the mango season, it is no wonder that DHL Express Ea…