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2012 alphonso mango sightings

I figured it was Alphonso mango season, so headed over to Kohinoor Foods on Gerrard street on Saturday. I picked up a box of 12 for $26. I tried one today and it was perfect. The guy in the store said they have had them for 3 or 4 weeks now. I just wanted to mention they are here and taste fine.

I also bought a few chicoos (sapodilla) and they tasted great also.

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  1. Wow, that was quick. Forgot they started showing up this early.

    thanks for the heads up.

    1. Just picked up a case myself. $27!! I'm sure I got them last year for $24...

      1. I really enjoy Ataulfo mangos at this time of year. Are Alphonso that much better?

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        1. re: crawfish

          The aroma and the taste of these mangos are unlike any other mango I have ever experienced. A real treat you can only enjoy for a few weeks each year. Try them and see!

          1. re: Flexitarian

            alphonso is a much stronger taste. i stick to ataulfo rest of year. And pick up a case or 2 of alphonso when available. But $27 is steep. Seems like price goes up every year. how many in a case?
            Best i had was when i picked up some Australian (?) ones in HK. Very creamy, ripe and no stringy fibre stuff.

            1. re: caitlink

              12 in a case (for $27, at Kohinoor).

              1. re: caitlink

                What isn't going up every year? These same mangos were around $23 - 25 last year, and transportation costs have risen since then. Last time I checked, these mangos where still been flown over from India, not sent over by glider.
                Alphonso mangos are only grown in India, are you sure you had some that were from Australia?

                Check out the prices mentioned here from 2010 http://articles.timesofindia.indiatim...

                7000 rupees was around $140 back then (for 48 mangos)

          2. That is really expensive! I live in Chinatown and have scouted the best product in the neighborhood. Suprisingly the best ones are consistantly sold out of a herb store. They sell them seasonally. I picked a box of 16 gorgious ones for $14.99. They are priced according to their size and ripeness and generally perfectness and can also be purchased individually. Will be making a mango/bananna crisp with them!.

            East side of Spadina, half a block south of Dundas. Can't miss them.

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            1. Thanks for the heads up foodyDudey...

              we go through this every year where people confuse Ataulfo with Alphonsoes...I guess because of similarity with the spellings...
              Alphonsoes are sold only in India/Pakistani grocery stores..
              The ones you see in the asian grocery stores are Ataulfo....
              Ataulfo does not even hold a candle to Alphonsoes.....
              Have an alphonso and you are spoiled for life....

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              1. re: warlock

                Ok, I feel silly about the confusion. Come to think of it, I have had both! Yes, the ones from the Indian neighborhood are really amazing. The chinatown ones are fantastic too though :)

                1. re: warlock

                  That's right, I don't usually get excited about Ataulfo mangos. The ones we get here are usually from Mexico. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ataulfo_...

                  Here is an article from the Star where Corey Mintz praises the Ataulfo, saying it's just about the top mango.

                  http://www.thestar.com/living/article...

                  If Tommy Atkins is the cheap chocolate of mangoes, then the Ataulfo, often billed as young, baby, yellow, or honey manilla, is closer to ganache-filled truffles

                  I guess the writer hasn't heard of Alphonso mangos!

                  1. re: foodyDudey

                    Considering how many mango cultivars exist, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_... , I'm guessing some other mango cultivars could even give the Alphonso a run for the title of top mango!

                    Is Kohinoor usually the best place for produce on Gerrard?

                    1. re: prima

                      Nothing gives the Alphonso a run for it's rupees, and definitely not an Ataulfo! I don't know if Kohinoor is the best place, but it's where I usually go as I haven't been happy with the place on the south side, a block or two west, with "cash and carry" in the name.

                      BJ supermarket is OK also for some items. Kohinoor looks like it got a much needed clean up when I was there last weekend. If you are looking for hard to find fruits and vegetables, it's a good place to shop. I bought some excellent okra from India there on the weekend. Indian okra is much better than the stuff you find in the regular stores, which always looks faded in colour and not very fresh. Additionally, Indian Okra does not have that slippery feel that North American varieties have, which I don't like.

                       
                      1. re: foodyDudey

                        thanks, foodyDudey. Will have to visit Kohinoor one of these days.

                        http://masala-sunset.blogspot.ca/2008...

                        1. re: foodyDudey

                          The Indian Okra at Kohinoor is excellent.

                          That said, I actually prefer a good Ataulfo to an Alphonso... de gustibus non est disputandum!

                      2. re: foodyDudey

                        But I agree with Corey if all you have ever eaten is a Tommy Atkins mango then an Ataulfo is pretty mind blowing. I'm almost scared to try an Alphonso, what if I can't go back? :)

                        1. re: crawfish

                          no problem if you get hooked on Alphonso mangos, I'll set up "Alphonso safe eating and injection sites" where you can come and get your fix.

                            1. re: crawfish

                              OK, I tried an Alphonso this morning (thanks, fickle!). It IS a very special thing. It tastes like mango nectar, very flowery and aromatic. I will still enjoy Ataulfos but I will make a point of getting a case of Alphonso's next year.