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Alphonso mangoes

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Now May's here so are the wonderful Alphonso mangoes.

I work in London and live in Surrey, so to save me driving to the other side of Croydon at the weekend (to the Thornton Heath Indian grocers), has anyone seen any in any shops in Central London or Surrey please?

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I've seen them in Borough market at Booths but otherwise and Indian Grocer in the east end or up north I'd say is a cheaper bet

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I saw them yesterday at a store on kentish town road. I know it's not that central though.

Have never tried them, are they good?

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IMO do not go for pretty looking smooth skinned Alfonso's, they aren't ready at that point, they are at their best when you have to eat them standing over a sink. You will be able to tell beacuse they look slightly past their best, the skin verging on wrinkly with a few discoloured spots, you will be able to smell them from ten yards. Go to an Indian or Pakistani store (though the latter may argue, and its difficult to decide, that honey mangoes are better) and buy a box of 6, 8 or 12 depending on the size. Never buy them at somewhere like Borough market. Last year you could get 6 - 8 good sized mangoes for around £4 once the season really got going, on occasion I've got them for £2.50 - £3.00. They are one of the best fruits going when properly ripe, in Tooting and Norbury you will sometimes see the shopkeepers standing guard over the boxes and if they are good it is difficult to get them to come down on the price.

If you want an alcoholic mango treat try making Dale's ultimate Mango-rita (the Dale in question being Dale Degroff). They are sublime with an Alfonso or honey mango.


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