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Jun 6, 2007 09:08 AM

Indian Mangos!!!

Indian mangos are just now for the first time available in this country, reports the LA Times:

So....has anyone see these suckers anywhere in Manhattan yet? I guess you'd know 'em by their price ($4 each or so



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  1. sadly, the ones i ate here in london were good-not-great.

    in any case, mango season is getting over in india as we speak - so hurry up and find them!

    out of curiosity -aren't the esteemed patel bros (in queens) carrying them?

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    1. re: howler

      I'll go check today. But this nabe is all about the cheapest possible produce. Not much market for premium, much less goormay.

      1. re: Jim Leff

        alphonso mangoes are solidly middle class - if they're here, patels most likely got 'em.

        1. re: Jim Leff

          I happened to be near curry hill today and tried searching for them in any of the surrounding produce markets and indian food stores. I couldn't find them anywhere. I also asked the folks in Kalustyans if they knew where to get them and they didn't know either.

          Maybe we missed the window? Or maybe they didn't come to NYC at all?

        2. re: howler

          Or Langda ? or Dusseri ? :-)

        3. The place I go to is owned and operated by two or three Bangladeshi men. They didn't sound too optimistic or certain about the arrival of Indian mangoes. They'll believe it when they see it,
          I suppose. In the meanwhile, they had some huge beautiful mangoes on sale for a dollar each. Sadly from Guatemala but very appealing though.

          1. I think it will be next mango season before US see's the full assault of indian mangos

            1. The first ones arrived at JFK on April 27, the NY Times reported on May 2 (more than a month before the LAT story). I seem to recall some talk about them here at that time, but no actual sightings.

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              1. re: squid kun

                Next year we should all meet them at the gate. Waving fondly, with placards of good tidings. Good Chowhound field trip.

                1. re: Jim Leff

                  I found them in abundance at Patel Brothers in Jackson Heights last weekend--both alphonso and kesars. And they are wonderful! I think it's not really considered a luxury item in the Indian community--most people I've talked to have pined for these mangoes since they came to the US.

                    1. re: erica

                      The related Patel Bros in Chicago had them a few weeks ago. It was sold by the case only (maybe 12-15 mangoes) for 30-something bucks. The alphonsos are not really the best tasting of the Indian mangoes; they're just the best candidate to survive the journey.

                      1. re: Joe MacBu

                        "The alphonsos are not really the best tasting of the Indian mangoes; they're just the best candidate to survive the journey."

                        no, no, no. mangos are the king of fruits and alphonso is the emperor mango.

                        1. re: howler

                          Puh-leez. Joe is right - the only reason Alphonso has built a reputation is because it is sturdy enough to survive the journey. In Northern India, where the Alphonso is known as Hapus, it is hardly considered in the same league as a Langra or a premium Dussehri, or even the Chausa.

                    2. re: Jackaroo

                      I hope the alphonso look(ed) this good.

                      Look at that color, wow! --->

                2. They have (had) them at an Indian deli on the corner of Lexington and 29th St. They had it advertised on a handwritten note taped to the window. I haven't seen the note for almost 2 weeks now....not sure if they still have them as the season is over for them (mangos).

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                  1. re: pepperlola

                    Thanks SO MUCH! The grocery store is on the SE corner on 29th and Lex. I grabbed a case tonight around 7:30pm.

                    I believe it's called Spice Corner. They had 2 cases of mangoes left when I left. I think they were all Kesar.

                      1. re: Jim Leff

                        even if you've missed the mano season, i'm sure patel bros will have amba wadi or amba papad (amba is mango, i cant translate wadi and papad is - you know papad anyway.) get some! dabbed with black salt, its a divine, addictive snack.

                        ps. if they look puzzled at amba papad, try aam (ahm) papad.

                        1. re: Jim Leff

                          It was awesome. We've already eaten half the box! Indian mangoes make a great breakfast good.

                          It takes a little while to get used to as the flavor is more subtle than a Tommy Atkins. It has definite floral accents, but is still quite juicy, although not as bright tasting as a Mexican mango. I can definitely see where people think it tastes of saffron. My boyfriend, who is not a fan of Mexican mangoes, is now a fan of the Indian mango as it goes down like butter. The pulp is so smooth and creamy!