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Ingredient Mon Apr 26 2010

Indian Mangoes are Here!

Indian Kesar mangoes

Every year in late April/early May, Patel Bros. grocery store, at 2610 W. Devon Ave., receives the very first shipments of Indian mangoes to America. This year is no different; the first cases arrived this weekend. Patel Bros. has two varieties available: the fragrant, floral Alphonso that were the first to arrive in the States, and now also the smaller Kesar variety.

The mangoes are available by the case only, at $34.99 a dozen. That's a major reversal in pricing trends; they were just $25 a case last year, $30 in 2008 and $36 in 2007, their first year in the States. It's a bit of a surprise since India has seen a bumper crop this year, but don't worry, the prices will drop as more shipments come in.

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A L / May 16, 2010 9:43 PM

While Patel Bros have said they wont carry any more Indian mangoes for the rest of the season, I got lucky at the North Water Market 'next door. The prices were pretty steep - 39.99 for 10 kesar mangoes (5/16; Used to be 12 in a box.)

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