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Mangifera 'Manilita'

The 'Manilita' mango is a named mango cultivar that originated in Mexico.


Manilita came from the Pacific coast of southern Mexico.[1] It is descended from the Philippine mango variety brought from Manila, Philippines (hence the name Manilita, which means "little Manila [mango]"). This was possible through the Galleon Trade that existed between Manila and Acapulco, Mexico (1565–1815).[2]

Manilita was introduced to the United States, where it has gained acceptance as a dooryard cultivar for home growing due to its small growth habit and fruit color. It was listed as a curator's choice mango at the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden's 2010 International Mango Festival in Miami, Florida,[3] and has been promoted by Fairchild for its positive characteristics.[4]

A Manilita tree is planted in the collection of the USDA's mango germplasm repository in Miami, Florida.[5]


The fruit average less than a pound in weight at maturity and are elongated in shape similar to southeast Asian-descended cultivars. The skins turns a pastel red color, and the flesh is fiberless and sweet. In Florida, the fruit ripen early.

Trees are small and can be maintained at a height of 7 feet, lending to Manilita's labeling as a "condo mango".[6]


  1. ^ "Mango Trees". Archived from the original on 2010-12-02. Retrieved 2012-10-31.
  2. ^ Rocha, Franklin H.; Infante, Francisco; Quilantán, Juan; Goldarazena, Arturo; Funderburk, Joe E. (March 2012). "'Ataulfo' Mango Flowers Contain a Diversity of Thrips (Thysanoptera)". Florida Entomologist. 95 (1): 171–178. doi:10.1653/024.095.0126.
  3. ^ "Curator's Choice Mangos". Archived from the original on 2010-06-22. Retrieved 2010-06-16.
  4. ^ Our mango trees are getting better Miami Herald[dead link]
  5. ^ Archived copy Archived 2009-05-08 at the Wayback Machine USDA, ARS, National Genetic Resources Program. Germplasm Resources Information Network - (GRIN). [Online Database] National Germplasm Resources Laboratory, Beltsville, Maryland.
  6. ^ "The scoop on mangoes".