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Alphonso mangoes?

nyfeiman Mar 31, 2011 11:19 AM

Has anyone seen alphonso mangoes in the Balto-DC area? (the amazing ones from India???) If so, where & when?

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    SandyCat RE: nyfeiman Mar 31, 2011 12:06 PM

    I saw them at a Whole Foods in NY this weekend; you could try your nearest Whole Foods...

    1. Bob W RE: nyfeiman Mar 31, 2011 12:13 PM

      Pretty sure I saw that variety at Lotte in Chantilly on Sunday.

      1. chefj RE: nyfeiman Mar 31, 2011 06:20 PM

        If you are looking for the ones that are grown in India I would say you will need to go to a Indian market for them. They are considerably more expensive than the Alpnonsos grown in Mexico and so are not usually carried by supermarkets. They should be in season now but you should call the shop before to check if they have them. Some people reserve a case ahead of time, here in CA

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          bob_s RE: nyfeiman Apr 1, 2011 07:02 PM

          I ordered a box of Alfonso's from the link below and they were every bit as delicious as the ones i eat in Mumbai. Two drawbacks: Price and they were quite slow. That said, they were exquisite.


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            Steve RE: bob_s May 17, 2011 10:26 AM

            I ordered from them. My delivery was pretty fast, and they arrived ready to eat. I got six small-ish mangoes. They are incredibly potent-tasting with a ton of grassy flavor to boot. Given the price, I doubt I'll order them again. But I'm happy I tried them. Compared to the ones I'm used to, they're like eating mango concentrate.

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              bob_s RE: Steve May 19, 2011 08:08 PM

              So glad you found them. May need to order another box myself.....

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                MoCoMe RE: bob_s May 20, 2011 04:16 AM

                I'd like to try these. Have you guys called around to the indian stores to make sure they don't have them locally. i'd prefer to go that route.

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                  Steve RE: MoCoMe May 20, 2011 05:26 AM

                  I didn't call around, but I did visit a couple of stores that were likely candidates, and they don't carry them. Calling around is a good idea, though!

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                    MoCoMe RE: Steve May 20, 2011 06:25 AM

                    yeah, I'm just afraid that I'll ask do you have alphonso mangoes, they'll say yes, I'll drive all over the place and you know nothing is a qwik drive, and then I'll get there and they have the same mangoes they have at safeway. :-(
                    I'm eager to try these, but wow they are $$$ ordering online!

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                      comestibles RE: MoCoMe May 20, 2011 07:42 AM

                      I bought some at Patel Bros. a couple of years ago, but this year, they have not received any yet and do not know when/if they will. The Indian alphonso crop was adversely affected by bad weather this year, so supply will be limited and more expensive than last year. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-south...

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            MoCoMe RE: nyfeiman Mar 14, 2014 06:27 PM

            Bumping this--it's that time of year-anyone seen them locally? :)

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              interplanetjanet RE: MoCoMe Mar 17, 2014 03:05 PM

              Costco :) Pack of six for 5.99

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                MoCoMe RE: interplanetjanet Mar 17, 2014 06:52 PM

                That's Ataulfo. I want Alphonso

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              mscoffee1 RE: nyfeiman Apr 5, 2014 06:41 PM

              I saw Alphonso Mangos (yellow) in Giant in Maryland yesterday -$1.00 each. Only three years late for OP.

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                mistysfinds RE: mscoffee1 Apr 15, 2014 05:19 PM

                which Giant?

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                  Steve RE: mscoffee1 Apr 15, 2014 05:22 PM

                  I iamgine you are thinking of yellow mangoes from Mexico whicㅎ are flooding the stores right now. Although related, they are nowhere as good as the Alphonso mangoes from India which are very expensive. Did you see where the mangoes were from?

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                    chefj RE: Steve Apr 15, 2014 05:47 PM

                    At that Price it could not be India, that's for sure.

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                      mscoffee1 RE: Steve Apr 16, 2014 08:07 AM

                      No, I didn't look I will check if I see them again.
                      It was at the Colesville store(New Hampshire and Randolf Road), I believe, but I have not been back there.

                      Steve, have you ever seen the Alphonso's from India around here?

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                        Steve RE: mscoffee1 Apr 16, 2014 08:12 AM

                        No, that's why I mail-ordered them. Very expensive, as I explained upthread. I see they arr about $34 for six mangoes. I might order them again since my daugther is now mango-crazy. But they are too expensive to buy them this way regularly.

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                          chefj RE: mscoffee1 Apr 16, 2014 11:15 AM

                          Check with any area Indian Groceries. They often take orders for them and buy in Bulk.

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                      comestibles RE: nyfeiman Apr 16, 2014 09:59 AM

                      I just talked to Patel Bros. where I bought Alphonsos a few years ago, and they said they won't get their shipment til next month.

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                        Steve RE: comestibles Apr 16, 2014 02:30 PM

                        If yuo find out when they get them, please post back!

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                          comestibles RE: Steve May 20, 2014 08:37 PM

                          I just got a call from Patel Bros. earlier today and they got their shipment of Indian Mangoes, but NO ALPHONSOS; they got Kesars, though.

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                          mistysfinds RE: comestibles May 14, 2014 10:42 AM

                          I just called Patel Bros. Hyattsville location and was told they were not coming. The Rockville location said "maybe next month" and the Fairfax location said "maybe next week." Poking around their webiste I saw on their weekly flyer ads for 5/8-5/14 for the Illinois locations it says "Indian Mangos Available" So maybe they are in season but not available here? I also stopped by Periyar Asian Grocery today and no luck there either.

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                            piafoodie RE: mistysfinds May 17, 2014 09:24 AM

                            When they were first allowed to be imported into the US a few years ago, most Indian stores had them. But a lot of the smaller stores have told us that they are just too expensive so they stopped getting them. I haven't seen any except those smuggled in suitcases from India!!

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                          MoCoMe RE: nyfeiman May 6, 2014 07:04 PM

                          Yes, please post sightings! :)

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                            zamorski RE: MoCoMe May 19, 2014 07:16 PM

                            Depending on what you want to do with them, the canned Alfonso mango purée you can get in many Indian markets is delicious and cheap. Makes fine mango pudding, ice cream, sorbet.

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                              MoCoMe RE: zamorski May 20, 2014 05:25 AM

                              I'm going to place an order from mangozz.com
                              $80 for a dozen and $25 shipping. they said they only have 2 more shipments coming and no more to the east coast. I may wait until this afternoon, in case anyone wants to split a large order and save on shipping. they won't ship out until next week.

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