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Jun 12, 2009 12:05 PM

Alphonso Mangoes?

Are there any stores that sell Alphonso mangoes in the Seattle area?

Importing Alphonso mangoes was legalized in 2007. It's 2009 and I still can't find them. Given the relatively large Indian and foodie populations in Seattle, I can't believe nobody carries them...

Thanks in advance.

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  1. I have just seen them canned and in Indian grocery stores. I have never seen them fresh (they are extremely perishable and probably wouldn't make it over to Seattle)

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    1. re: Jeanhea

      fwiw widely available here in van

      1. re: vandan

        Wow--is there a time of year they are available? Where can you get them (Indian store?)

        1. re: Jeanhea

          The season in Bombay starts in April, so I think it is past now. I was there is April, and just about every Indian traveler had a boxful to take home.

          1. re: cocktailhour

            How did they manage to get them past customs? I know it's near impossible getting any produce over the border from Canada down to Seattle.

            1. re: HungWeiLo

              Sorry, these were people traveling within India--it's hard to get Alphonsos in other parts of India. Even people from Delhi and other large cities buy them in Bombay.

    2. I've seen some mangos from Mexico at Costco labeled something like "Alfonso". I'm guessing they're not quite the same thing, are they?

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      1. re: HungWeiLo

        "Alfonso" is actually the correct original Portuguese spelling. The New York Times did report that Alphonso trees are being grown is Mexico, so it's possible that Costco's Mexican Alfonsos are actually Alphonsos... I'll have to check it out next year when they're in season. Thanks for the heads up!