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When and where are the good mangoes coming to Boston?

This article in the on-line NYTimes of 1 April, "For Everything There Is a Season, Even Mangoes", alerted me to the imminent arrival of Alphonso mangoes from India.

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/04/06/din...

The Ataufo (Champagne) mangoes have been around for awhile, Costco carries them, but Alfonsos are rarer here and don't make it into the big box markets.

As I recall some of the Waltham Indian markets should be getting them. According to the Times, "Patel Brothers in Jackson Heights, 37-27 74th Street , Queens, (718) 898-3445, expects to have them for about six weeks beginning April 10."

Does anyone know whom to call in Boston to track them down?

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  1. whole foods brighton and newtonville have had them all week.

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    1. re: rchudy

      By "them" do you mean Ataufo, which are commonly available as I indicated, or Alfonso which are much more limited. I have not checked Whole Wallet recently, but I don't think they have carried Alfonso in the past.

      To be absolutely clear, I am looking for Alfonso mangoes, not Ataufo.

      1. re: VivreManger

        Call the various Indian markets in Waltham, etc.
        They all get them around the same time. They're roughly $3/mango if you buy a case. Almost time to hunt for them :-)
        p.s., the Kesars are good two. I haven't been able to get the Alfonsos the past two years...

        1. re: Spike

          I have had Kesars in the past and they are worth getting as well.

    2. I picked up a case of Kesars last year around this time at Patel Bros on Moody st. They were pretty good with advice about how to let them ripen. Not cheap, but for a splurge, it was nice.

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      1. re: grant.cook

        In May of last year I picked up a case of Kesar mangoes in Montreal. Since it was toward the end of the season, they no longer had Alphonso mangoes and the Kesar mangoes on offer were ripe and immediately edible. The best price was by the case. Furthermore in order to be certain of getting them that day, I had reserved the case in advance. At that particular shop in Montreal at the height of the season, lines form early in order to be certain of getting a box.

        They were parfume heavy, soft, juicy, with an alluring aftertaste. Since I was not sure that US customs would allow them across the border, I gave most away to friends and family. If I can find some in Massachusetts this year I can manage to be more selfish.

        Through the web I have compiled a list of Indian grocery stores in Massachusetts, Patel in Waltham included. Their location is not as convenient for me as some of the others, but I will be contacting Patel and ones closer to see what they expect to stock.

        1. re: VivreManger

          Patel Bros. should definitely have them when they come in; there are also several other stores on Moody St. in Waltham that sell individual Kesar mangoes in season - that's where I've bought them in past years. Usually $3 each. I think one was called the New Apsa market, but googling that name returns absolutely no useful results - either they fly under the googleradar or I have the name wrong.

          edited 1 minute later to correct this: New _Apna Bazaar_ that's it!

          1. re: VivreManger

            Hi Vivre,

            I just called my Indian Grocer in Woburn, Ma. I asked him about Alfonso Mangoes. He said they only get them when it's summer time in India. He said they are rare here, but he does get them later in the season, May or June. I don't know where you are in Ma., but this store is one of my go to places for everything Indian and lots of other things. His produce is very inexpensive and his quality is good. Great prices on spices too.
            It's E-Z Indian Grocery Store and the telephone number is: 781-937-6996 in case you are in the vacinity.

            He asked me what I wanted to do with them and I said "try them of course". ;)
            He said he asked because he has them canned too.

        2. Patel Bros. in Waltham, Shrewsbury

          1. It's still a bit early. I was in Waltham tues. The huge new Indian market on Moody said it is still a few weeks away.

            Kebab and Tandoor (someone mentioned this already) has been relocated to the basement of this place. They used to own a MUCH smaller grocery and K&T. Better selection and bigger than Patel bros. The folks are nice and it is not part of a chain (which P bros is.)

            Nice folks, great grocery store of Indian and latino ingredients.

            Great mangos soon.

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            1. re: StriperGuy

              I think you mean Waltham India Grocery 315 Moody St, Waltham,MA,02453 (781) 899 6016. I did call them earlier today, but I must say they were very vague about the possibility of their getting Alfonso or Kesar mangoes.

              They certainly gave no time frame. Shalimar in Central Square, Cambridge, said perhaps in June, but that seems too late in the season.

              1. re: VivreManger

                I spoke to the owner; he said a few weeks now. Keep trying them by phone.

                1. re: StriperGuy

                  The first alphonso mangoes are already available in India three weeks ago...at only $12 USD each!!! Give it a few more weeks and it'll be here for $30 a case.

            2. Does anyone know if the mangoes are here yet? It's been a few weeks since this thread got started...any sightings?

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              1. re: chefematician

                I know nothing about availability here. But late April and early May was the window for affordable alfonsos in Bombay. Back in the day, of course.

                1. re: FoodDabbler

                  VERY BAD NEWS from the BBC...A cold winter and unseasonable rains have led to a severe shortage of much-loved Alphonso mangoes in the Indian city of Mumbai. The price of the sweet-tasting fruit, used in religious rituals and in various drinks, has doubled from 2010. Dr Vivek Bhide, who exports the Alphonso to the US and Singapore, said that there had been only 10% of the normal yield. He said that he was not able to complete export orders because the mangoes were unavailable. "I have been in this business for 30 years, yet I have never experienced this kind of shortage before," he said.

                  Kesar mangoes are better anyway but when are they coming?:(

                  1. re: joebloe

                    "Kesar mangoes are better"

                    Have you had Alphonsos in India?

                    1. re: FoodDabbler

                      I've only had many imported alphonso and kesar mangoes in the USA for the past couple seasons. The owner at Patel Brothers in Waltham and Shivaa Bazaar in Norwood told me the same thing...'kesar are better'. But you could be right for the same reason irradiated mangosteen imported into the USA isn't as good as the fresh ones in Thailand or imported one in Canada. Lucky you.

              2. Any sightings yet, anyone? I called Patel Bros in Waltham and the lady said probably late May!

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                1. re: sleeloo

                  Based on my experience eating A LOT of these in the past few years, late May is too late for alphonso mango!:( Late May is also toward the end of kesar mango season too!:(

                2. Any updates? haven't been able to make it to Waltham in a while...

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                  1. re: ac106

                    The Bangladeshi store on Mass Ave in Cambridge across from Pemberton Farms (near Arlington line) said they had not seen any yet. But that may just have been because they don't carry them.

                    1. re: FoodDabbler

                      Anyone indian mango sighting yet? I checked with Patel Brothers in Waltham and Queens, NY but nothing yet!:(

                      1. re: joebloe

                        Called earlier this week...nada.

                        The Alphonsos are dead this year again....and Kesars seem to be in short supply too :-P

                  2. Just to bump this up. Not sure that there are ANY good Indian mangos coming this year due to inclement weather in India. But I have regularly been getting excellent (not quite the perfumey wonder that is the Indian ones) Haitian mangos both from Arax and the former Super99. Really superb fruit.

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                    1. re: StriperGuy

                      Whoa!! Super99! That's, like, 11 better than Super88. ;-)

                      How are the Haitian ones from a fiber standpoint? I seem to recall that one I bought last year from Market Basket was similar to the less fibrous Atkins specimens. My impression of the flavor was that it was very...milky? Sweet, nice (if subtle) mango flavor, with little acid.

                      1. re: emannths

                        Gosh, sleep deprivation Super77, 88, 99...

                        They are pretty fibrous, but that never bothers me.

                        1. re: StriperGuy

                          Do they label the variety at either place (Arax or SuperXX)?

                            1. re: StriperGuy

                              I wasn't clear. Does the sticker also say what variety of mango it is, beyond that it's from Haiti?

                              1. re: FoodDabbler

                                They are the flatter, paler variety as opposed to the plumper rounder variety usually grown in Mexico.

                      2. re: StriperGuy

                        I tried a Haitian Mango for the first time at Lambert's in DTX. I've never had it before, so I have no frame of reference, but it was quite good. It was $2.