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2013 Alphonso Mangos

gimel Apr 13, 2013 06:16 PM

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.

  1. Chester Eleganté May 30, 2013 01:37 PM

    According to the owners of Om India (from the OP), they have a plot of land back in India where they grow their own Kesars. They noted the differences being that, not being a large commercial operation like the common alphonso, they do not water the mangoes overly to speed up the process (rely on rainwater), and use no herbicides/pesticides/chems on their crop.

    I went in last week to see if they were in yet and they were just wheeling the boxes in so I picked up a beauty of a box. They are just great - deep and sweet flavours with some floral notes, firm but yielding texture, very present aroma, so much superior to regular mangoes and better for me than other alphonsos, but there are so many varieties so it's really a personal thing between the various ones. Shared them with a few friends and they were all pretty much like what the hell are these crazy mangoes?

    Anyway they were $20 for a case of 9 and now it's $18, only a week left but the sooner you get them the better before they get too ripe. Also the owner said she freezes the ripe ones and then later on you defrost it somewhat and peel them, scrape it all down and you can make these amazing lassis/slushies with'em.

    Get your A-One samosas here too, though the shells are usually pretty soft and not close to fresh from the plant prolly due to the steaming from getting boxed right away.

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    1. re: Chester Eleganté
      Charles Yu Jun 5, 2013 08:11 AM

      Yesterday, the Keser Mangoes are on sale for $16, a box of 9!!
      Though not fully ripe yet but the aroma they were giving out was already incredible!

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      earthygoat May 24, 2013 12:56 PM

      Last week, I bought 2 cases of Alphonso mangoes from FreshCo in Peterborough for $9.99. I went back today, only to discover they were selling for $6.99 a case. So, I bought 3 cases! The sign said product of Dominican Republic, but the case says product of India, same as last week. Yum!

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      1. re: earthygoat
        disgusti May 24, 2013 01:16 PM

        saw them at the dundas bloor freshco yesterday for 4.99 a case but they were all on the verge of going bad so i abstained

        1. re: earthygoat
          Steady May 25, 2013 12:06 PM

          They're now $1.99 / case at the Freshco at Dundas / Bloor! Need to spend time picking through them, but there were still some in great shape for a great price!

          1. re: Steady
            earthygoat May 25, 2013 12:43 PM

            I did some picking through also, but found some brand new cases at the bottom. Overall, I got a good variety to enjoy for the next few days.

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          linalool May 17, 2013 07:36 PM

          freshco on dundas, west of runnymede. $9.99 for 6. absolutely delicious

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            Danybear May 16, 2013 01:43 PM

            under 5 dollars a case at Walmart Dufferin Mall.

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            1. re: Danybear
              jlunar May 16, 2013 01:59 PM

              A case!? I would doubt their origin at that price... Or maybe it was mislabeled with the Ataulfos.

              1. re: Danybear
                Sadistick May 17, 2013 10:32 AM

                No chance they are Indian Alphonso's

                Cheapest I have seen is $20/Case

                They are so good this year though - I am saving the pits to infuse into vodka ;)

                1. re: Sadistick
                  punkyhunky May 17, 2013 10:56 AM

                  Mango infused Vodka. Would love to try that. Any recipe you working with?

                  1. re: punkyhunky
                    Sadistick May 17, 2013 01:14 PM

                    I typically never use recipes, unless for baking, and I hardly bake :)

                    This process will work with any fruit -

                    Take your desired fruit, add a bit of sugar to macerate, let sit for 1 hour, then fill with your desired liquor.

                    Some good combinations have been:

                    - Cherry Pit Brandy
                    - Peach Pit Brandy (apparently if you roast the peach pits, they will emit an almond like flavor)
                    - Strawberry Rum or Vodka

                2. re: Danybear
                  Steady May 25, 2013 12:08 PM

                  The ones at Walmart Dufferin Mall were ataulfos when I was there; I asked the produce guy if they carried alfonsos and he said the ataulfos and the red mangos are the only ones he's seen lately.

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                  Nevy May 16, 2013 07:30 AM

                  For all those who want to try the Alphonso mango without shelling out the really high price point, Freshco just started to advertise a box of Alphonso mangos (6 pieces) for $9.99!

                  The sale starts today!

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                  1. re: Nevy
                    punkyhunky May 16, 2013 10:31 AM

                    Thanks for the heads up! Had lots of stock at my local Freshco. Have never had them before so really looking forward to it.

                    1. re: punkyhunky
                      Nevy May 16, 2013 11:12 AM

                      You're welcome! The Freshco near me had over 100 boxes and looking at the ship date from British Airways sticker, they're really recently flown from India. They weren't sitting in a warehouse in Canada for a while.

                      The sizes of these were pretty good... some of them are smaller than the Ataulfo mangos but I picked up some that were nearly the size of the Red Mango from Mexico. They had lots of them in varying state from 'ready to eat today' to fully green. None of them were in the rotting stage so I think this is a great bargain. I'm finding the quality of the Alphonso from Freshco this year better than last year.

                    2. re: Nevy
                      warlock May 17, 2013 08:13 AM

                      Nevy and punkyhunky...which stores did you'll go to?

                      1. re: warlock
                        punkyhunky May 17, 2013 08:19 AM

                        I went to the McCowan and Ellesmere location in Scarborough.

                        1. re: warlock
                          Nevy May 17, 2013 12:06 PM

                          I went to the one in Brampton Goreway and Derry. It's not the prettiest Freshco but the stock was really good yesterday.

                          1. re: Nevy
                            warlock May 18, 2013 10:55 AM

                            Picked up a couple from Queen Street and Gladstone one...have to scan through atleast 10-15 case before I found acceptable quality ones...already had a couple as soon as I got home....they are really good ....makes you realize why you paid so much for it....

                        2. re: Nevy
                          petra_reuter May 17, 2013 08:21 AM

                          Picked some up today at the parliament/dundas fresh co and the stock was already very picked over. Hopefully they refresh it soon!

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                          club mataba Apr 23, 2013 06:57 PM

                          The Indian grocer at Speers Rd. and Kerr St. In Oakville had them last week for $26/case, and they looked terrific. Unfortunately for me, I only had enough scratch at the time to pick up my 1/2 dozen samosas I went in for.

                          Food Basics carries 28oz cans of sweetened Alphonso pulp for under $3. Look in the ethnic section. A great alternative to fresh when not available, or for use in smoothies or shakes.

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                            AverageJo Apr 17, 2013 01:19 PM

                            Could someone please advise on this. I've never bought Alphonso mangos because I'm a little scared of buying a whole case of produce: what if they're bad? I frequently buy Ataulfo mangos (individually) and I'd say 1/4 of the time, they're rotten (brownish-black flesh) or they have that weird seed spoilage (little bits of seed throughout).

                            I understand that Alphonsos are from a different country and are a different (and superior) variety of mango. So my question is this: what are the odds of getting a bad mango in a case of Alphonsos? It's a big commitment, buying a whole case!

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                            1. re: AverageJo
                              disgusti Apr 17, 2013 02:18 PM

                              yeah there's no way i'm eating a case of mangoes. there has to be somewhere that sells these and other rarer mango varieties individually, no?

                              1. re: disgusti
                                tygrr_lily Apr 18, 2013 07:49 PM

                                I bought a case of 12 from Kohinoor on Gerrard today. The man behind the counter asked if I wanted a case or to buy them separately, so I'm assuming he is willing to sell them individually as well

                                I also inspected all of the ones I purchased, and he switched out a few that were overly ripe for me

                                1. re: tygrr_lily
                                  warlock Apr 19, 2013 05:10 AM

                                  tygrr_lily ,how much did you pay for it?

                                  1. re: warlock
                                    tygrr_lily Apr 19, 2013 04:34 PM

                                    The case was $25

                              2. re: AverageJo
                                gimel Apr 19, 2013 07:34 AM

                                Whenever I've bought them at an Indian-owned store, I've been given the opportunity to swap out the fruit I don't care for. If that doesn't seem to be in the offing, just ask - it seems to be normal protocol. I aim to get 1/3 in the box that are ready to eat now, 1/3 that aren't terribly ripe at all, and 1/3 of intermediate status, avoiding obvious bruising and black spots if possible. Ripeness seems to correlate best with how much squish or give there is in the fruit, I'm not sure if the black spots are relevant or not.

                                1. re: AverageJo
                                  Teep May 2, 2013 06:10 PM

                                  Some are "small cases" of 6 mangoes.

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                                  jl_1978 Apr 16, 2013 08:51 AM

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

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                                  1. re: jl_1978
                                    chillihigh Apr 30, 2013 08:42 PM

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

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                                    Nevy Apr 15, 2013 08:18 AM

                                    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
                                      piccola Apr 15, 2013 09:59 PM

                                      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
                                        Nevy Apr 16, 2013 07:55 AM

                                        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
                                          piccola Apr 16, 2013 09:15 PM

                                          Toronto - the Freshco at Dundas West and Bloor.

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                                      warlock Apr 15, 2013 05:49 AM

                                      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

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                                        ylsf Apr 14, 2013 06:40 PM

                                        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
                                          timeo Apr 14, 2013 07:11 PM

                                          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
                                            ylsf Apr 16, 2013 06:14 AM

                                            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
                                              Nevy Apr 16, 2013 09:27 AM

                                              I wonder if the receipt showed Ataulfo or Alphonso?

                                              1. re: Nevy
                                                ylsf Apr 17, 2013 06:27 AM

                                                It just said "yellow mango"

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                                            timeo Apr 14, 2013 06:08 PM

                                            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!

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