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Indian mangoes?

joebloe Mar 18, 2009 10:15 PM

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

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  1. Prav RE: joebloe Mar 19, 2009 06:30 AM

    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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      StriperGuy RE: Prav Mar 19, 2009 06:51 AM

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

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        joebloe RE: StriperGuy Mar 19, 2009 07:30 AM

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

    2. beetlebug RE: joebloe Mar 19, 2009 09:18 AM

      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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        Luther RE: beetlebug Mar 19, 2009 09:41 AM

        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.

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          Chris VR RE: Luther Mar 19, 2009 10:32 AM

          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.

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            joebloe RE: Chris VR Mar 19, 2009 10:54 AM

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

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              Chris VR RE: joebloe Mar 19, 2009 11:19 AM

              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.

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                Prav RE: Chris VR Mar 19, 2009 11:25 AM

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

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                  StriperGuy RE: Prav Mar 19, 2009 01:44 PM

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

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                    Spike RE: StriperGuy Mar 21, 2009 08:41 AM

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

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                    Luther RE: Prav Mar 19, 2009 06:53 PM

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

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                    fredid RE: Chris VR Mar 19, 2009 11:29 AM

                    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."

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                StriperGuy RE: Luther Mar 19, 2009 10:35 AM

                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.

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                  nasilemak RE: Luther Mar 19, 2009 11:37 AM

                  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!

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                joebloe RE: joebloe Apr 9, 2009 11:18 PM

                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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                  VivreManger RE: joebloe Apr 10, 2009 07:50 AM

                  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.

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                    Eatin in Woostah RE: VivreManger Apr 10, 2009 08:15 AM

                    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.

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                      Luther RE: VivreManger Apr 10, 2009 10:07 AM

                      Patel bros. had them

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                        joebloe RE: Luther Apr 16, 2009 10:17 PM

                        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.

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                    galka RE: joebloe Apr 10, 2009 09:56 AM

                    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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                      StriperGuy RE: galka Apr 10, 2009 10:27 AM

                      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.

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                        galka RE: StriperGuy Apr 10, 2009 12:08 PM

                        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.

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                          Bob Dobalina RE: galka Apr 16, 2009 06:01 AM

                          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?

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                            PinchOfSalt RE: Bob Dobalina Apr 16, 2009 06:38 AM

                            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.

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                              Bob Dobalina RE: PinchOfSalt Apr 16, 2009 11:41 AM

                              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.

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                      Stellar D RE: joebloe Apr 10, 2009 03:10 PM

                      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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                        joebloe RE: Stellar D Apr 15, 2009 12:54 PM

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

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                          eatanddestroy RE: joebloe Apr 17, 2009 09:58 AM

                          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.)

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                            Spike RE: eatanddestroy Apr 20, 2009 04:13 PM

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

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                              barleywino RE: Spike Apr 20, 2009 07:19 PM

                              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)

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                                joebloe RE: Spike Apr 20, 2009 09:31 PM

                                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.

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                                  joebloe RE: joebloe Apr 30, 2009 07:41 PM

                                  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.

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                          y2000k RE: joebloe Apr 17, 2009 03:21 PM

                          I have been buying champagne mangoes from Russo's for 75 cents each. They are delicious.

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                            y2000k RE: y2000k Apr 20, 2009 01:28 PM

                            Was just at Russo's today, they now carry Ataulfo mangoes - $1.49 each or $12 for a case. Just ate one as soon as I got home and it is SO good. Tastes exactly like the Manila mangoes I used to eat growing up.

                          2. mangorita RE: joebloe Apr 23, 2009 09:56 AM

                            This past weekend I noticed that the South Shore Indian Market on route 53 in Braintree had alphonso mangoes.

                            They also recently opened up a take-out counter at the back of the store. I noticed that they had at least 1 Indian-style Chinese entree on their menu. I am hoping to try some of their take-out soon.

                            South Shore India Market
                            218 Quincy Ave, Braintree, MA 02184

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                              joebloe RE: mangorita Mar 24, 2010 06:46 PM

                              Anybody see alphonso mango around town this year yet? They're showing up in markets in India already.

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                                Eatin in Woostah RE: joebloe Mar 24, 2010 07:08 PM

                                I looked around the shops in Waltham on Saturday and didn't see them yet.

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