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Mar 18, 2009 10:15 PM

Indian mangoes?

Any place around town carry the alphonso or kesar mango yet?

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  1. I feel like Striperguy found some at one of the Indian stores in Waltham, on Moody street, last year... I may be wrong though.

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    1. re: Prav

      Precisely. Check all three of the grocery stores on Moody, though I think we are a month or so early.

      1. re: StriperGuy

        I called Shiva Bazaar in norwood and they said maybe next week!:)

    2. I'm pretty sure Whole Foods has the alphonso mangoes. They are on sale for 2 for $1.50. They are really sweet.

      ETA: if they aren't alphonso, then it's another mango that starts with an A.

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      1. re: beetlebug

        It's ataulfo, from Haiti. I like these the best, since they're more consistently ripe (or nearly-ripe) than the Indian varieties, which I have had trouble ripening in my home, which is considerably cooler than an Indian home. 75 cents is a good price for ataulfos. 75 cents is pretty much unheard of for an Indian mango, which were going for like $2 or $3 each (by the case) last year.

        1. re: Luther

          Costco in Danvers had the Ataulfo/Champagne Mangos today- $5.59 for a 6-pack. I've already polished off two, and they were delicious.

          1. re: Chris VR

            I bought a 6pack of champagne mangos from Costco and they're just mangos; nothing compare to the alphonso or kesar.

            1. re: joebloe

              Sorry they don't meet your standards. I still enjoyed them very much. I'd certainly be interested in trying the mangos you're discussing, but for others who are searching out the Ataulfo mangos previously mentioned, I'm simply pointing out that Costco has them.

              1. re: Chris VR

                No such thing as a bad mango! :) King of all fruits!

                1. re: Prav

                  I thought the Durian was the King of fruits and the Mangosteen was the queen...

                  1. re: StriperGuy

                    Durian...ewwww... eat it outside so the entire house doesn't stink for days ;-)

                  2. re: Prav

                    Unless it's one of those big green string-monster things that they sell at Shaw's all winter.

                  3. re: Chris VR

                    We found ripe champagne mangoes in Revere last Sat (see Floating Rock thread for info on markets there). To quote NoNatto (!) : "And the champagne mango was delightful; great flavor, no strings attached."

              2. re: Luther

                The stores in Waltham have Indian mangos, ripe, in season May or so...

                They are amazing, fragrant, perfumed and fairly different then the Haitian and Mexican varieties usually found. They are generally pricier, but the Indian ones are pretty amazing when you can find them.

                In general most mangos don't ripen really well if they are picked from the tree too early. You gotta buy em ripe.

                1. re: Luther

                  bought a couple from Whole Foods and they were sweet and juicy...another bonus was that the seed was flat so there was more flesh to enjoy!

              3. Export of the Indian mango to the USA will begin on April 13. The bad news is production is low this year due to unfavorable weather, probably keeping prices high.

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                1. re: joebloe

                  Can anyone give the names of the stores on Moody St. in Waltham that have carried Alfonso as well as Kesar mangoes in the past?

                  It would be helpful to call them to see when and if they expect this year's batch to arrive. If the price is as high as feared we might also try to see if we could try to divide up a case or two to spread the goodness at lower cost.

                  1. re: VivreManger

                    Don't know all of the names, but one is Apna Bazaar. It's near the corner of Moody and Cushing. There is another one right next to it. Just get down there and park and walk around a little - you'll find them.

                      1. re: Luther

                        I grabbed two cases of alphonso mangos tonight at Patel Brothers on Moody St. for $29.98 each. There were 14 cases left as of 8pm. They don't smell as good as the kesar; maybe because they're still green.

                  2. We were in the Moody stores last weekend- they do not have them. We bought some mexican mangoes that looked pretty good but actually tasted pretty awful! The guy said maybe they will get them in May

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                    1. re: galka

                      There is only one way to tell if a mango is any good and that is to feel them. An old friend told me the trick, and my lousy mango purchasing has dropped considerably since then. Good looks mean very little, smell can be deceiving, but the slight give that a ripe mango has is a very good indicator. It takes a while to get a "feel" for it, but once you do it is a skill well worth the effort.

                      1. re: StriperGuy

                        I know about this, these mangoes not only looked good but also felt right but tasted too sweet without good flavor, were mushy, and had none of this lovely tartness that you expect from a good mango.

                        1. re: galka

                          Galka, have you had the Mexican varieties before? We got a case from Russo's the other week - allowed to ripen on the counter a bit and they are super sweet and not tart once ripe, as opposed to say the "typical" mangos - Hass I think? What do you think?

                          1. re: Bob Dobalina

                            Hmmm, Hass is a variety of avocado (the common ones with bumpy skin). You may be thinking of Tommy Atkins mangoes. They are the most common variety and sit at the bottom of my mango-goodness list, due to their relative stringyness and okay-but-not- wonderful flavor. For several weeks there were Kent mangos at Russos. I, too, bought a case and they were definitely much nicer than Tommy As.

                            1. re: PinchOfSalt

                              LOL - thanks - was thinking Tommy something + Hass = mango.
                              Nope, that would be Tommy Haas the tennis player, not the mango.
                              It's Tommy Atkins.

                              The ones we got recently at Russo's were Ataulfo mangos grown in Mexico I think. WAY better than the ones named after the tennis player.

                    2. Give a call to Russo's in Watertown. They have a few different kinds of mangoes and do carry a supply of Indian fruits and veggies. Maybe they could get some?

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                      1. re: Stellar D

                        Patel Brothers in Flushing, NY just receive their alphonso mango today. I'd expect it to be here in MA tomorrow.

                        1. re: joebloe

                          I was just at Patel Bros. in Waltham, and they just got in many boxes of Indian mangoes. The price is $29.99/box. Unfortunately, they aren't selling them individually. (By the way, if you have never been to Patel Bros., it's worth stopping in if you are in the area since they have great prices on good quality produce.)

                          1. re: eatanddestroy

                            How many are in a case?
                            And more importantly, how do they taste? :-)

                            1. re: Spike

                              roughly 12 in a box. not a mango expert, but the one i tried, although not very large, was intensely flavorful, both sweet and tart, with less fiber than other mangos that I can remember. waited until the mango was almost completely yellow before eating (most of them were green at the time of purchase)

                              1. re: Spike

                                There were 14 to a case and most light green in color. I picked two almost completely yellow one to try and was disappointed. I remembered the alphonso and kesar mango I ate last year as intensely flavorful, very sweet , along with a heavenly aroma that lingers in your palate long after you eat it. This alphonso is sweet on the outside and sour on the inside toward the seed and not as flavorful. I am beginning to think I just wasted $60 buck but hoping a few more days to ripening will prove me wrong.

                                1. re: joebloe

                                  I finally relive the mango heaven I remember from last year. I bought a case of alphonso mango from Shivaa Bazaar tonight and it was so delicious and aromatic I ate the whole box. The sticker on the box and individual mango say "Kay Bee" brand. On the other hand, the "Desal" brand from Patel Brothers were probably picked too green or just bad variety; they're not worth the $60 bucks I paid for two boxes.