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Skinny on Indian mangoes?

sgarland Jun 8, 2008 10:40 AM

Anyone have the scoop on where I can get Indian mangoes this season? Haven't seen them at Central Market this year, Whole Foods doesn't carry irradiated produce, and my local Indian grocer--MGM on Burnett--says they were just too expensive to stock this year.

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    ridgeback Jun 8, 2008 02:07 PM

    Haven't seen 'em but did a bit of research since I was out of the country last year and missed the lifting of the import ban.

    Under normal conditions because of the severe restrictions placed on Indian exporters, cost is about $3 per mango. http://sify.com/news/fullstory.php?id=14689995

    In the last few weeks however severe weather in India has wiped out an estimated 20 percent of the mango crop.
    http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/articleshow/msid-3054729,prtpage-1.cms

    Today the Times of London reported that mangoes are "becoming fewer and less sweet as changes in weather patterns affect harvests." Many are blaming global warming.
    http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/environment/article4092866.ece

    Assuming the mango crop rebounds in future years there are changes afoot which could cut the price of a case in half.
    http://www.livemint.com/2008/06/06232500/One-year-on-mango-exporters-u.html

    But if you've got to have them this year, here's a place that sells Indian mangoes by mail order. http://www.melissas.com/catalog/index...
    Beware, the price is $40 for a half dozen, plus shipping.

    4 Replies
    1. re: ridgeback
      rudeboy Jun 8, 2008 09:33 PM

      I nominate this as the most helpful post (to a specific query) in a long time........

      1. re: rudeboy
        r
        ridgeback Jun 9, 2008 12:35 PM

        Thank you! I appreciate it and accept the nomination. I will even show up at the awards ceremony!

      2. re: ridgeback
        sgarland Jun 9, 2008 07:26 AM

        I agree with rudeboy: this is incredibly useful. Thanks for the info, ridgeback.

        FWIW, they were 5 bucks per mango last year at Central Market.

        1. re: sgarland
          t
          Torckus Jun 9, 2008 09:48 AM

          I bought one at Central Market a couple of months ago and haven't seen them since. It was around $3.

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