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Apr 13, 2013 06:16 PM

2013 Alphonso Mangos

They have been for sale for the last week or two at Om India Food Center (Dufferin/Center). They weren't looking good two weeks ago, but the case I bought today is totally up to snuff. Still $25 per case.

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  1. Thanks for the heads up! After reading your post, I went down to Little India and picked up a box myself at BJ Supermarket. $26 for a case of 12. They only have 2 boxes left with shipments every Friday.

    Also peeked into Kohinoor Foods just around the corner and they say they'll have the smaller Anwar Ratol mango from Pakistan in late May/early June. Just as sweet if not more so!

    1. Wow, did I get misled by Whole Foods on a mango purchase? I was 99% sure that the sign at the Oakville store tonight said "Alphonso Mangos" but the price was a lot cheaper ($1.50 each). Made me think "something is up" after reading this thread. I just googled the label on the mangos and I came across this:

      I didn't even think anything of it about the Mexican origin before because I had never had an Alphonso mango before but just heard about it.

      I am really curious now so I will stop by the store tomorrow and talk to them about their false sign if that is what it says.

      The mango was still pretty good but I bought it because of what the signage was.

      Does this happen a lot? Maybe I am wrong in my interpretation of the link?

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      1. re: ylsf

        Possibly! The box of alphonso mangoes that I bought are from a company called Alisha Mangoes, exported by Three Circles Exports of Mumbai, India. None of the mangoes have individual stickers, and they're all placed in a box with confetti. I went to another grocery store and they also only had this brand and sold it only by case.

        1. re: ylsf

          K, just a followup, I went back to the Whole Foods yesterday. Either I totally misread the sign (probably what happened) or they changed the sign. Said "ataulfo" yesterday... That location has been known to mislabel produce before (signs saying product of Canada for apples with a sticker from the USA, etc) but may have been my mistake.

          1. re: ylsf

            I wonder if the receipt showed Ataulfo or Alphonso?

            1. re: Nevy

              It just said "yellow mango"

        2. Thanks for the heads up.

          Lets hope Price Chopper has some this year,I rememeber they had like 6 for $9 last year.But it has to be the Indian/Pakistani stores where we will find them for sure in the coming weeks.

          Also to avoid long drawn discussions,there is a difference between Alphonso and "Ataulfo".
          Asian grocery stores do not carry Alphonsoes.So what ever you see there is Ataulfo

          1. I'm hoping FreshCo has the same deal as last year for the Alphonso mangos. Last year they had a box of 8 alphonso for $10.99. You really had to dig through the boxes to find a good one as some had some bright mint green mangos that were rock hard.

            I picked up 4 boxes and every single mango was a delight on the tastebuds. It made my entire house smell like the tropics for that 2 weeks.

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            1. re: Nevy

              I bought some there last year too and had the opposite experience -- a lot were too ripe, almost to the point of rotting. But the good ones were delicious.

              1. re: piccola

                I went to a few Freshco in Mississauga for this last year and I didn't see ripe ones. I wish we did because I had to wait almost a week and a bit for some of the mangoes to be eaten! Which city did you shop in?

                1. re: Nevy

                  Toronto - the Freshco at Dundas West and Bloor.

            2. Does anyone know any stores in Scarborough that would have them?

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              1. re: jl_1978

                all the branches of patel brother's grocery stores carry them, and there is one in scarborough.