Kesar & Alphonso Mangoes: Fruit of the Gods

Can you believe i paid $5 a piece for these mangoes? Actually i didn’t, Big Bossman did but they enjoyed it as much as i did. These mangoes rock!


I was a little bit suspicious at first but after a bite i knew it was worth every penny. The flavour is intensely rich, sweet and full with multiple aromatic overtones and hints of citrus and flower aroma. Nothing like i ever tasted before. These are Kesar mangoes imported from India and available for the first time in the US. Look for the Alphonso variety too which is a bit bigger but just as good. Those are the King and Queen of all Indian mangoes which is a big deal since nearly 70% of the world mangoes are produced in India, but none taste like these two. Their flavour is out of this world.

A ban on imported Indian mangoes was lifted last year in the US and many other countries and they are now available in fancy markets and online stores – but for a bundle of cash of course. The season is short though, april to june only, so hurry up if you want to get a taste. Go to the web address on the sticker www.wholechoice.com if interested or do a web search. Cheers!

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  • Claire

    Tiens, je suis en train de boire une mangue avec mon ptit déj, quelle coincidence :) En même temps, je viens de vérifier, elle vient des Philippines, zut. C’est au monop’ des dieux qu’on trouve le fruit of the gods?

  • canarygirl

    Wow, 5 bucks a piece? I don’t think I’ve ever seen them around here, either. We do have a pretty large mango/manga supply though. :)

  • Emiline

    I want these mangoes! The ones I’ve had lately are crap. Seriously.

    I want.

  • Manggy

    I am so glad you came across a beautiful, delicious (Asian) mango! I had an American mango (red-skinned) during the short time I was there and it was not good at all!
    * Just so you know, “manggy” is not after the fruit but I do get called it from time to time.

  • AzAzura

    I had Indian mangoes and Insaf restaurant here in Kuala lumpur imported them so very often , a bit pricey though and of course those mangoes in The Philippines they are nice too.I have to agree with you and the boss they are just divine ,I can just pureed them and take a bath in it.

  • glamah16

    You find ways to make me spend my money dont you. Im curious now.

  • Catherine Wilkinson

    Goodness. I’m having a mango flashback. Hawaii. Mango tree in the backyard of the poor family I was doing a little nannying for. Mango martinis!
    No wonder I was fired.
    Hey, we get pretty excellent very small Mexican mangoes here. Just once in a while.

  • jesse

    O beautiful golden mangoes, come to momma!

  • Chicken & Waffles

    Seductive green deliciosity! I didn’t even know about such a thing, but on your recommendation I’ll have a look round. I’m guessing the cashier at Gristede’s is going to look very confused when I ask for this. Where in Gotham can such delictables be found?

  • Kevin

    I will have to look for these!

  • Cindy. Lo.

    Wow, I’ve never thought a “green” mango would tastes good,
    Guess I’ll have to give it a try if my pocket allows!
    It’s reaching the all time low season now!

  • Zen Chef

    C&W. I got them at Grace’s Market. 71 & 3rd avenue in Manhattan. Gristede’s no way! hahaha.

  • Chicken & Waffles

    3rd Avenue? That means I would have to go to the East side, Zen. And there is lots of big hair there. It frightens me, man.

  • foodhuntress79

    Indian mangoes…hmm… not sure if they are of the same variety that roll on our streets during summer. Why, your mangoes must be the mangoes of kings! :)

  • Susan

    Grace’s Market, eh? Thank you, thank you, thank you. I’ve never come across these since the ban was lifted, not even in the Indian grocers I frequent. The Tommy Atkins variety is awful. Sometimes I can find Kent, Haden and Keitt, but I’m dying to try Alphonso.

  • Lauren @ Parsnips Aplenty

    Oh wow, I’ve been living away from the U.S. for a couple of years – I didn’t know they had lifted the ban! I agree, there’s nothing like Indian mangoes. When I came back to the U.S. from living in Bangladesh, I was so disappointed in the Central American mangoes that I had previously (blindly!) thought were delicious. A whole new world is opening up to Americans now! haha.