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Mango(e)s and Their Many Varieties


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I know there are many varieties of mangoes for sale, though often here in the United States, the mangoes in stores probably are picked a bit (or more) before they are truly ready.  I've mostly enjoyed the variety called Ataulfo (Honey) here; not as big a fan of the more fibrous Tommy Atkins variety, which is the one I most often see in stores, at street corner vendors, and often sold (outside busy subway stations) already cut up for quick eating out of plastic baggies.

 

A few days ago I was making my way around the upper east side, and encountered a vendor who happened to be selling these huge, green mangoes. So I bought two.

They are really pretty damn big...

 

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And they're the Keitt mango, which ripens green with sometimes a little yellow or red blush.  Virtually fiberless, they are very good. I imagine before they get too ripe that they're good for mango salads. Or pickled mango. A huge amount of flesh in that big boy.

 

Mango experts or not - weigh in.

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Great topic.  For fresh mangoes I buy Ataulfo, and I buy the Alphonso canned puree.  I have never seem canned Atauflo, and I have never seen canned Alphonso pieces.  I don't bother with any of the others.  Around here, there are only two types of mangoes sold in the grocery stores, the Atauflo and a larger green with a red blush that they never attach a name to.  The Alphonso puree I buy at a certain Indian store, the other Indian stores that I have been to don't carry Alphonso puree.

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18 minutes ago, ElsieD said:

a larger green with a red blush that they never attach a name to. 

 

Is there a sticker on it with a number?

 

My very poor guess might be the Atkins or Haden.

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Keitt mangoes are great late season mangoes.  Last year a friend in LA sent me a box of them.  I've never seen them sold in NY.  If you let them ripen on the counter they get super sweet and the flesh is almost like a custard.  Messy but delicious.

 

There are some Vietnamese growers in Florida who grow a few different Thai varieties that are fantastic - some are even better green of which I'm a huge fan.  I think my wife likes the green mango more than the ripe ones!

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15 minutes ago, ElsieD said:

There is.  Pardon my ignorance but what is the number supposed to tell me?

 

Usually Some of the time, you can find out the variety of mango from the number. If the number starts with "9" the produce is organic.

http://bobbywires.com/plu-1.php?S=V&L=M&V=MANGO

 

16 minutes ago, KennethT said:

I think my wife likes the green mango more than the ripe ones!

 

But some are ripe when green! Like these Keitts!

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There may be all sorts of weird stuff embedded in this label - as a matter of fact, who knows happens once you eat the mango - it might turn me magnetic 🤣 !

 

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24 minutes ago, KennethT said:

I've never seen them sold in NY.

 

I haven't seen them down in my neighborhood, but this corner stand was on Lex and 69th (se corner), right near Hunter College subway station. If he's got them, then they have to be around elsewhere (at corner stands, that is).

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