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Does anyone know where I can buy Alfonso mangoes imported from India?

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  1. I have seen mangos at Monterey Market from India. Sorry don't know the type but the price was about $3.29 a piece, They were small yellow, I think.

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    1. re: wolfe

      Unfortunately Alphonso mango season(Apr-June) is just ending in India.It ends in June when the monsoons start which is right about now.By the end of June they are impossible to find.I was in Mumbai last week and OD'd on them knowing they wouldn't be there when I return.I have one that I brought back that needs to be eaten but I am trying to delay the pleasure.They sell for 600 rupees/$12.50 for a box of 2 dz. in India at the beginning of season and then go down in price.They sell for $40 a box when arriving imported to US hence the high price at MM.They are one of the sweetest,most perfumy,stringless and delightful mangoes.You should still be able to get them at Indian markets in the South Bay as they are shipped green.I seem to remember a past thread about a particular store in San Jose if you research.Good luck


    2. Berkeley Bowl has a prominent sign in the mango section that reads "Sorry, We do not carry IRRADIATED mangoes from India"

      I presume that in order to prevent the spread of diesease or insect pests, the imported fruit is treated with radiation (which would not leave any traces of radioactivity in the mangoes, of course). But I think it offends the sensibilities of Berkeley Bowl, as they have a complementary sign over the rambutans ("From Guatemala, NOT irradiated"). I suppose the Asian fruit must also be sterilized.

      Good to know that the US Government as well as Berkeley Bowl are looking after our health.

      1. I just heard from a friend of a friend they had them at Milan International, the Indian market on University (in Berkeley). Haven't made it up there yet to see for myself if they still have them.

        Milan International
        990 University Ave, Berkeley, CA 94710

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        1. re: abstractpoet

          I was in Milan a month ago and he had very small cases of Alphonsos for $34 -- you could not buy individual ones and I did not have anyone to split it with. I had bought a real "A" from Monterey Mkt for $3.29 -- delicious. I suggest to give the owner of Milan a call first.

        2. India Cash-and-Carry in Fremont had them last year for $40 a box. Bought one for the 'rents and got scolded for spending so much, but casalbore's description is pretty right on and they were loved.

          India Cash & Carry
          39175 Farwell Dr, Fremont, CA

            1. Thanks for all the tips! Hoping to make a trip to the East Bay to go mango hunting.

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              1. re: sfbing

                If you do, try some of the Manila mangoes from the Berkeley Bowl.

              2. The most commonly available mangoes in the US are the variety Tommy Atkins. They grow very well in the US and have a long shelf life, but I think they are pretty awful in terms of flavor, aroma and texture. I would love to have a conversation with the mango breeders and growers responsible for making Tommy Atkins the dominant mango in the US. Good mangoes are a heavenly sensory experience and are completely different than the Tommy Atkins.
                You can mail order mangoes from India:
                Here are the caveats: Yes, they are irradiated to kill pests and pathogens. And they are very very expensive (about $5 per mango). But we have been ordering them because real mangoes are heavenly and for us it’s worth the splurge. They arrive slightly under ripe but rippen after a few days. They are no longer shipping the Alphonso, but we actually have liked the Kesar mangoes which are currently being shipped much better.

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                1. re: Ridge

                  I'm totally with you on Tommy Atkins. Fibrous and one-dimensional. I don't get the popularity at all.

                  Have you tried Manilas?

                  1. re: Robert Lauriston

                    Manilas are very tasty. I have never had mangoes elsewhere so I don't have anything to compare them with other than locally. I once made a negative comment on a chowhound board about Tommy Atkins and was told that I clearly had not had a good one. I have had so many. They are pretty but that is it.

                    1. re: wally

                      I'm pretty sure I've had Tommy Atkins as good as they get, and they don't get very good.

                      Manilas are as variable as any fruit, and aren't so nice if they're underripe or overripe, but I can pretty reliably judge them by the color and texture.

                      1. re: wally

                        "Manila" mangoes grown in Mexico that we have access to here don't compare with the Manila mangoes from the Philippines, but I do agree that they're best of what's readily available.

                      2. re: Robert Lauriston

                        I find manilas kind of variable in flavor--some are quite tasty, some are just insipidly sweet, some are just blah. In general, they are nicely nonfibrous.

                    2. I bought a case of Kesars from Milan International today for about $30 (10 medium-small yellow-skinned mangoes in the case, already perfectly ripe), splitting it with a friend. They weren't selling these individually either. We thought we were paying a lot, but given that someone else said they were paying $5 a mango to order them direct, this almost seems like a bargain.

                      These may be the best mangoes I've ever had (and I've had great mangoes in Taiwan and Southeast Asia)--so sweet and fragrant, completely stringless, positively bursting with juice, the flesh a beautiful deep orange color.

                      I've found the Manilas at Berkeley Bowl to be pretty good, but these take it to a whole other level. Well worth the money, in my opinion.

                      1. At the risk of creating a run on these guys, those Kesar mangos are amazing. Based on my experience with canned Indian mango puree, I was worried that they were going to be a little too sweet, but I was happily proved wrong.

                        They were quite small, yellow with a green blush. The skin is quite thin and delicate, so don't poke them too much! Unopened there is a slight fragrance, but it only hints at what lies within. Inside, the flesh is a deep gold color, very juicy, little fiber. They are definitely sweeter than most mangos I've eaten (here, Hong Kong, Southeast Asia), but with a pleasing bright note that offset the sugar and a marvelous floral quality.