Mangifera odorata (also called Kuwini Mango,
Saipan Mango, or Fragrant Mango) is a species of plant in the
Anacardiaceae family. It is found in Guam, Indonesia, Malaysia, the
Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam.
Kuini or Mangifera odorata is a mango variety that is to be
native to tropical Asia, specifically to West Malaysia. The fruit is
light orange in colour and juicy sweet when ripe. The tree has a
distinct feature, i.e. emits a fragrant resinous smell. The tree
flowers throughout the year and the flowers too are strongly scented
with its fragrance. The sap on unripe kuini fruits is poisonous
Kuini (Mangifera odorata) commonly found in East Malaysia's
Jungle (Borneo) has spherical, almost round shape, dark green and
green when ripe. It has strong Odour which can be detected from
History of cultivation
M. odorata seems to be occasionally cultivated in southern Vietnam,
and on Christmas and Guam Islands. It is commonly cultivated in
Borneo, Sumatra and Java.
M. odorata thrives below 1000 m in tropical areas with a fairly
heavy rainfall that is equally distributed throughout the year,
although it grows even with a moderate rainfall (1200 mm) provided
there are no prolonged dry periods. It is found for instance on the
dry islands of the western part of the Sulu Archipelago.
M. odorata has never been found in the wild. Its exact origin
it has not been found in the wild. It is commonly cultivated in
Borneo, Sumatra and Java. It seems to be occasionally cultivated in
southern Vietnam, and on Christmas and Guam Islands. In Borneo it is
largely confined to the areas near coastal towns or along travel
routes, suggesting relatively recent introduction. It is also found
in peninsular Thailand, South Sulawesi and in the Philippines on the
south coast of Mindanao, in the Sulu Archipelago and neighbouring
Altitude: Below 1000 m.
Major fruit season in West Java is from August to November.