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Sep 21, 2011 01:30 PM

California Organic Keitt Mangos are Back!

I look forward to the arrival of California Kiett mangos every year. Have not seen them mentioned here before.

These are hugh green skinned mangos. They have a relatively small pit, so you get your money's worth even at more than $3 each. The flesh is smooth, not stringy. They also are picked riper and have not been subjected to the hot water bath that imported mangos, even organic ones, go through, so the taste is like those I've had in other mango growing countries, seldom found in even the best imported ones.

Whole Foods has had piles of them lately (One of the few things that gets me into a WF). Monterey Mkt was just about sold out of small, cheaper ones today. I get em while I can and cube and freeze as the season is short (late Sept-mid Oct)

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  1. Thanks for the tip. Just picked up a very large, approximately 3by 6" at Pike Place Market $2.99. Probably would have passed it up had I not read your post.

    1. Will have to check them out. We grew Keitts in Florida when I was little. They're nice and tangy. It hadn't occurred to me to try freezing them.

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      1. re: Windy

        Hope you all like them! I read that they were brought to Ca from FLA. They are grown in the Coachella Valley and I think they are a recently established crop.

        1. re: gumbolox

          They weren't commercially sold in Miami either. My mother bought a bunch of different trees at a rare fruit auction, and we spent years waiting for them to mature to figure out what they were. The Kietts and loquats were my favorites.

      2. Thanks for this tip -- I hadn't heard of these before. They had Keitts today at Berkeley Bowl for $2.09 each, a pretty good deal considering how huge these are.

        The lack of stringiness is key. The one I tried today wasn't as intensely sweet as good Indian or Taiwanese mangoes, but sweet enough. I especially liked that it was nice and juicy -- sometimes the Manilas I buy at Berkeley Bowl are a bit dry and chalky.

        Will definitely keep buying the Keitts as long as they're available.

        Berkeley Bowl
        2020 Oregon St, Berkeley, CA 94703

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        1. re: abstractpoet

          It isn't an especially sweet variety--should be firm and tart.

          1. re: Windy

            I let them get quite soft. Takes a while sometimes, but then they are quite sweet and flavorful. At least that's my experience.

            1. re: Windy

              It was plenty sweet by American mango standards. I wouldn't describe it as "tart".

              1. re: Windy

                They can be plenty sweet. The instructions that came with the ones I had shipped from Shields Date Garden said to wait for them to soften before eating. I tried one soft and one that wasn't so soft. Soft made all the difference. Not so soft was tarter.

            2. I just got one at the Trader Joe's in North Beach/Fisherman's Wharf. $1.99 each.

              1. Not local and not organic but almost 3 pounds mango at BBW for $2.69.