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    • origin: Kenya
    • Fruit size: Large
    • Weight in grams: 523
    • Yield: Medium
    • Fruit color:  Deep yellow flushed with orange/red
    • Fresh color: Deep yellow  
    • Fibre content: None/low
    • Seed type: Polyembryonic
    • Fruit shape: Oblong
    • Seed percentage: 7.8
    • Eating quality: Good/excellent
    • Regularity of bearing: Moderate
    • Tree habit: Moderate/large
    • County:Lamu, Muranga, Mbeere, Makueni
    • Harvesting season: January, February, March
    • Pest attack: Research ongoing
    • Disease:  Powdery mildew
    • Susceptibility:Low/moderate
    • Advantages:  Good shipper, excellent fruit quality, moderate tree size
    • Disadvantages: Tendency of alternate  bearing
    • Irrigation: Yes
    • Fertilizer: DAP,NPK, manure
    • Pesticides: Research ongoing
    • Fungicides:Research ongoing

Ngowe is the most easily recognized of the local mango fruits. It is large, oblong and slender with a very prominent hook-like beak at the apex. From pale green, the fruit develops to a most attractive yellow to orange colour when ripe.The deep yellow flesh is of excellent quality, virtually free from fibre, melting, and carries no turpentine taste. The average fruit length measures 14 cm with a width of 9.5 cm, and a weight range of 425—600 g (mean: 523 g).The seeds are polyembryonic which means progeny develops more or less true-to-type. It is highly susceptible to powdery mildew (Griesbach, 2003).

Pests and Diseases
Mango fruit fly


Mango aphid

Powdery mildew
Mango survey




Mango varieties in Embu and Makueni by District

Cultural practices

Postharvest treatment

Chemical control

Challenges to Mango planting

Mango planting

Mango Improvement Strategy
  By: Dr. Phanuel Oballa and Rachel Kariuki                                                                                            © 2019 KEFRI/KALRO Mango Research