Apr20

Mango Time!

Alphonso mangoes (courtesy of Wikipedia)

Alphonso mangoes (photo courtesy of Wikipedia)

I’ve just come back from a trip to India where the hot weather is setting in with a vengeance. Although I honestly prefer the more temperate weather in London, the hot weather has its pluses, the chief one possibly being the Alphonso mango.

To its admirers the Alphonso is the undoubted king of all the mangoes, and at this time of year its heady, decadent fragrance fills the air around the fruit stalls of Mumbai. Its heavy, creamy apricot-coloured flesh is one of life’s greatest delights and, as all connoisseurs of Alphonsoes know, a ripe one is best eaten in the bath, even if it’s generally thought more polite to sit at a table and eat it in delicate slices.
At home we compromise and take a deep slice off each side and scoop the flesh into our mouths with a spoon; the remainder, the part that surrounds the stone, is another treat and can be the best bit. Remove the ribbon of skin from its edge and nibble into the luscious remains until you are down to the core. You will need a napkin, or you can jump into that waiting bath, of course.

On my return to the UK, I found to my delight that the Alphonso had arrived in London too, and our Asian groceries have boxes of them stacked high on the pavements. Check the contents before you buy; not every case of 12 contains 12 good quality fruits and they are too pricey to waste!

See some great ways with alphonso mangoes

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