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Mar 27, 2012 05:11 PM

Boston Mangowatch 2012

When will those tasty Alphonse and/or Kesar mangoes start showing up in Boston? Or as time goes by, any sightings yet?

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  1. Nice thread, I'll keep an eye out.

    1. Not sure what kind they've had on sale at Whole Foods lately - flattish, yellow - but they have been delicious.

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      1. re: Splendid Spatula

        Those are the Atualfo's out of Mexico.. the one's I am waiting for are out of India. They've only been available in the US for a few years, and don't have a long season.

        1. re: grant.cook

          The WF Atualfo's were not bad, but, as you know, nowhere the same side of the universe as the Indian ones...

          1. re: StriperGuy

            The Atualfos are also known as Champagne mangos. correct? I've yet to get an Indian mango, but the Champagne mangos are way better than the Tommy Atkins type commonly seen around.

            1. re: kimfair1

              Yep. Atualfo are called Champagne AFAIK (at least they're the same shape and roughly the same taste).

              The Kesar/Alfonso ones are far more fragrant...the flavor lingers in your mouth for a few minutes...sort of like truffles (not truffle oil :-)
              They cost roughly $3-4 each compared to the $1 Atualfo/Champagne ones and you buy them by the case (roughly $25-30)...
              They usually show up in late may, early june and only for a few weeks. It's part of Spring around the return of the Stripers next month (though they're probably early this year because the herring/pogies/mackeral are back a few weeks early)...

              1. re: Spike

                Last year I gathered a list of Indian grocers and tried calling regular on a Kesar/Alfonso mango search. I am afraid the shops were consistently UNhelpful. So I hope we have more luck this year.

                I have bought them in Montreal, but I can't bring those south of the border.

                1. re: VivreManger

                  Even if you stuff them into the center of a case of Moosehead and when asked if you have anything to declare go.. "Beer.. Real Beer.. Canadian Beer, eh!"

                  1. re: VivreManger

                    But if I had to guess, isn't Patel Bros in Waltham the likely first place they'll show up?

                    1. re: VivreManger

                      I totally struck out last year too. They had really bad weather conditions last year, so very few were imported supposedly...

                      1. re: Spike

                        Patel Bros would be the first place I'd call for alphonsos or chaunsas, though if the season was anything like last year, I'd take a pass. Just a turrble season.

                      2. re: VivreManger

                        They're available in Canada since last week, along with fresh unirradiated mangosteen. Merci beaucoup to our northern neighbor for fresh supply of indian mangos, mangosteen, and way far superior gentleman bars. Montreal here I come.

            2. Kesar and alphonso mango now available at Patel Brothers in Waltham. Just grab two box @ $40/box!:(

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                1. re: joebloe

                  cheaper than South Shore India Market...that was $42/box for kesars. Singles were $4.50 each and they weren't in great shape. Ouch :-P
                  Got the last decent looking box.

                  Might have to stop by Patel to try the Alphonso ones next weekend :-)