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Another Interesting Fruit Find From Costco - Baseball size Israeli Mangoes!!

Charles Yu Aug 27, 2013 06:14 PM

Found these beautiful colored, tree ripened Mangoes from Israel in Costco. Only size of a baseball!!
Box of 12 for $15.99. Delicate sweetness but lacking the aroma of the Indian or Pakistani varietal. Pleasant lingering long finish. Will let them ripened further to enhance sweetness.

  1. kwass Aug 27, 2013 06:40 PM

    Love your fruit tips Charles! I'm going to Costco tomorrow, so, I'll be sure to check them out.

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    1. re: kwass
      DDD Aug 28, 2013 11:17 AM

      These are fantastic

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      youdonut Aug 28, 2013 01:26 AM

      is that a hardball or a softball reference?
      they look good though.

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        Vinnie Vidimangi Aug 28, 2013 05:51 AM

        The Israeli Costco mangoes are Hayden variety.
        Hayden is the best of the varieties usually found here .(Hayden,Tommy Atkins, Kent , Keitt. Ataulfo - Adolpho , the long one, is also good and a bit of a specialty. )
        Almost all mangoes in Toronto have been grown in Mexico or other Central and South American countries.
        The Israeli mangoes are tree ripened. They are gentler and more refined in flavour. Like the difference between a cooking date and Medjool.
        They are bigger than a baseball; softball would be a better comparison. An excellent sized mango for one person.
        Be careful not to over-ripen them because they are tree ripened.

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          Charles Yu Aug 28, 2013 08:29 AM

          Wow!! Thank you VV!! A 'Walking Mango Fact Encyclopedia'!!!

          1. re: Vinnie Vidimangi
            Sadistick Aug 28, 2013 09:20 AM

            You sure about that Vinnie?

            Perhaps there are different strains of Hayden mangoes, but from the Hayden mangoes I have had here and in Hawaii, they are far larger than 'baseball' size. Think small football size!

            1. re: Sadistick
              Vinnie Vidimangi Aug 28, 2013 11:33 AM

              The box says "Hayden". They are different from what I have had from Mexico etc, but not so different that I would say that they are another variety.
              I wrote that they are more like softball size.
              The Haydens that I have seen here are not particularly big, but they are usually a bit bigger than Costco's. But fruit grows and gets packed in different sizes.
              Undoubtedly there are different strains. However, a big determinant of fruit size is orchard practice. Growers thin fruit when it is first formed in order to increase the size of the remaining fruit. A bushel of large apples will sell for two to three times what you can get for small apples even though the small are far better eating (the Pommela Lee phenomenon). I know with apples that the trees are sprayed with a chemical called alar in order to thin. I don't know what is done with mangos.

          2. mrsleny Aug 31, 2013 03:48 PM

            Thanks for the post Charles.

            I picked up a box at Markham Costco. Very tasty and fibreless. I wonder if different stores carry different varieties because my box says Kasturi and are just like these:


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            1. re: mrsleny
              Vinnie Vidimangi Aug 31, 2013 07:31 PM

              Each variety has a brief season- indeed the Israeli ones are tree ripened- and kasturi is what is available now from Israel. And yes, I have seen some lately that are baseball size. Depends on the pack.
              I have never before known kasturi in Toronto. They are denser fleshed and more intense in taste than the Israeli Haydens.

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