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Apr 1, 2009 04:16 PM

Alphonso mangoes, when does season start?

I went hog wild on the alphonso mangoes last year. Ate my way (with spouse) through about 8 cases or so. I recall buying them around Mother's day. Does anyone know if the season has started yet and if so, any sightings around Gerrard st.? Otherwise, do you know when it starts?

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  1. The season started in Bombay 2 weeks ago, so you should see them here soon. I'll go look as I'm waiting for them also. I'll repost back after I find some good ones.

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    1. re: foodyDudey

      My wife just called BJ supermarket. They said maybe this Friday, maybe next week, they'll have the first round of Alphonsos.

      1. re: grandgourmand

        Interesting. I just called Kohinoor Foods (right across the street from BJ) and they said this is the third week. He just got in 10 boxes, the price is $25 /box. I'm going over right now to get one..

          1. re: grandgourmand

            I'm back and I already ate one. Your wife came in the store as I was at the cashier, but I'm not sure if she recognised me. What are you doing with two boxes, do you want me to come over and help you eat them? :-)

            1. re: foodyDudey

              Probably a gift for my in-laws, who visit every weekend (Indian family + new baby = lots of visits).

              We'll probably bump into each other during Alphonso season. Last year was my first season eating them. And I've been hooked ever since.

              1. re: grandgourmand

                I'm getting in on the Alphonso action this season for sure... can't wait for my maiden voyage :)


                1. re: wontonfm

                  I bought a case from Kohinoor on Saturday and we're about halfway through so far. I think they had about 6 or so cases left. Definitely delicious and I understand what all the hype is about! Check the link for photos


                  1. re: wontonfm

                    Good post on your blog.

                    The case we got has all been consumed. The flavour was great. I get this "i think they were sweeter last year" feeling. But I'd probably have to do a side-by-side test with an atulfod to confirm what I already know.

                    1. re: wontonfm

                      I also bought six from Kohinoor, plus one Ataulfo, to compare. I have to say that the Ataulfo was better, according to all who compared at our table. Maybe it's early in the season? I didn't detect any real difference in texture, and I believe they were both ripe and ready to eat. I did, however, think the Alphonso had a wonderfully fragrant flavour, unlike any other mango I've tasted. If only it had been sweeter...

                  2. re: grandgourmand

                    Didn't your wife tell you about them earlier? My wife is not Indian and she reminds me it's almost time to go get them in February. One of my cousins in Bombay emailed to tell me the good ones were in the markets there, that's why I knew it was time to look for them here.

                    1. re: foodyDudey

                      She doesn't eat spicy food, if you catch my drift.

                      Those pictures from the NYT article you posted were tantalizing.

                      I want to try those Choonsas, now. My in-laws told me about one type of mango, that might be Choonsa, where they way to eat them is to keep the skin on, crush them in your hand, make an incision and suck out the pulp.

          2. re: foodyDudey

            Thanks everyone - I was in India last year around this time and had the best mango experience ever...I always loved them but didn't appreciate the number of varieties until then. I will definitely pick up some Alphonsos in Toronto this season. Thanks for the reminder.

          3. What is the average price of Alphonso mangoes in the GTA?

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            1. re: warlock

              A case of 12 goes for around $20.

              A case of Atulfos, from Mexico, goes for about $10. But there are 24 mangoes in the case, Alphonsos are actually 4x the price.

            2. I was eating about six mangoes a week last season! I was in Chinatown this evening (spadina) and the cases are starting to show up. I bought a few mangoes from Loblaws (or maybe No Frills) last week and they were OK. Not bad but not the drippy, sweet, sticky mess that I remember. I say give them a few more weeks.

              As for price... I was buying them in Chinatown and would pay about $5 for 6-8 mangoes (depending on the day of the week). The major supermarkets often have them for $0.99 each.


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              1. re: wontonfm

                Wait, really? Alphonso mangoes from India? I've NEVER seen them in a major supermarket, and never paid as little as $5 a box. On Gerrard East you're usually going to pay at least $2-3 per mango, and often a bit more. And they get the bulk of the shipment every year...during the season you see guys unloading cargo vans stacked with Alphonsos. I've always trekked to Little India for my fix.

                You sure you're not thinking of a different sort of mango? Because Alphonsos blow every other mango out of the water. Well, Pakistanis would disagree and say the Choonsa is the best, but yeah...

                  1. re: grandgourmand

                    Also on Gerrard. Kohinoor, across the street from BJ more or less, always has the best mango selection.

                    1. re: childofthestorm

                      When do they start showing up? I need to put this king of mangoes debate to the test.

                1. re: wontonfm

                  Only six a week? Sometimes I'd eat three at once. When they are ready to eat, it hard to just have one especially since they are so small. I never realised they were sold in Chinatown. I usually buy them on Gerrard St. The price varies each year from $18 to $22 for a box of around 12 mangoes that weigh approx. 200g each.

                  Here is NY Times article about Alphonso mangos

                  1. re: foodyDudey

                    Not sold in chinatown. We're getting confusion with the atulfos.

                    Anyhow, I'd eat three at a sitting, normally. They are smaller, but also because they are usually pretty ripe when you get them. Considering the price, and the quality, you don't want to lose any to spoilage.

                    Thanks for the link. Times has such great food articles.

                    1. re: grandgourmand

                      My bad! Definitely thinking of Atulfos. Haven't seen Alphonsos yet.

                      Carry one :)


                    2. re: foodyDudey

                      From NYT article..."once the mangoes are ready, shoppers nuzzle them affectionately against their faces...hoping to inhale the distinct whisper of mango perfume, which only barely leaks out the skin of the perfectly ripened fruit." Whoa.

                      I remember this same thread last year and the discussion about atulfos vs. alphonsos. I missed mango season when I was in India and I don't think I've ever tried them here. Somehow, in the next little while, I need to carve out enough time in my hectic little life to hike it up north for my Passover shopping and then out to the east end for these sacred mangoes - I have a sneaking suspicion that the latter will be the more "religious" experience of the two...:)

                    3. re: wontonfm

                      I'm pretty sure you're thinking of Ataulfo mangoes instead of Alphonsos. I've never seen Alphonsos sold in Chinatown. I personally like the Alphonsos but strongly prefer the Ataulfos (nicer taste, smoother texture), and best off, they're quite a bit cheaper.

                      Edit: Never mind! I should have read the replies before posting.

                      Now I'm craving an Ataulfo... so good with ground red chillies, lime juice, and sugar!

                    4. I have seen them selling at T&T for at least the past month in cases and loose.

                      1. Are they the same season as Ataulfo mangoes? Here's an article I found from last year:


                        I looove Ataulfos, and I've had a few good ones from regular grocery stores recently. I'll be watching this thread to find out when mango madness shows up on Spadina!

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                        1. re: mobirose

                          The Ataulfos are already on Spadina, they started showing up last week and in full force right now. I've been covered in mango juice for a week!

                          I've never seen an Alphonso on Spadina; I think you really do have to go out to Gerrard for those.