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Apr 12, 2008 11:12 PM

time for Indian mangos yet? (San Jose)

I'll be in San Jose and/or Cupertino next weekend and I'm wondering if quality Alphonso and/or Kesar mangos / mangoes from India are showing up in shops yet. It might be a little bit early for them, but I don't know if I'll have a chance to get to town after April 20 so I'm hoping to buy some on this trip.

Where should I go to get my fix? I'm not terribly familiar with the area, so names of specific shops in San Jose and Cupertino that are known to be carrying Indian mangos / mangoes by this coming week would be very helpful.

I'm dizzy with expectation -- there's almost nothing better than a ripe mango.

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  1. You could try India Cash and Carry on El Camino in Sunnyvale.

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    1. re: psb

      That place is notoriously awful on the weekends -- half hour waits. Any other suggestions? Anybody? Hook me up.....

      1. Kumud Groceries on De Anza between Stevens Creek & McClellan in Cupertino (408- 996-2400). Also, call Laxmi Bazaar off Lawrence Expwy near 280...408 861 0432. I prefer the former.

        1. Thanks to all for their help. I made phone calls to Kumud Groceries and Laxmi Bazaar. Kumud said they expect a shipment of Indian mangos next week. Laxmi does not know when they will have them.

          I made it to India Cash and Carry in Sunnyvale early enough in the day that I was able to only wait in line for about 5-7 minutes for a cashier, and snagged a $35.99 box of 12 Alphonso mangos. They keep them away from most of the other goods, in a stack hidden behind the cashiers. I haven't tested them yet, but will post back when I do.

          1. Final verdict: the mangos were very good.

            I lost one to rot, which left me a little peeved, and the others needed to ripen for a week in a paper bag. They were already soft when I got them, but still very green and tart. I ate the first one with salt and chili powder.

            They have an entirely different aroma from the Central American mangos we're accustomed to buying in the supermarket here.

            Once ripe, the mangos were sweet, aromatic, and custardy. I'm already thinking about getting someone to buy me another box.