First Mangoes2:39 PM
The real mango season in Mumbai kicks off in April. And today, we had our first of the season for breakfast.
Some of you might wonder why I said April when Alphonsoes have bee on the market for a solid month already.
That is when you'll notice I said the REAL season. Alphonsoes have become so ridiculously popular that the demand has pushed farmers and distributors to pluck them off the trees early, and then ripen them artificially for all those who just can't wait.
I am not one of these. First because the March bulk of not so ready to eat fruits taste odd, and then because they are outrageously pricy for such a substandard fruit.
To be fair I was all for delaying buying some another week or two. But, Ishita could really no longer wait begged for some. And, with the season for all the other Winter fruits reaching an end, there wasn't much to distract her from the king of fruit.
Fortunately, these looked healthy and were tasty enough (but would probably be better toward the end of the month).
Mangoes in India are inevitably associated with Summer. This is pretty much the only local and in season fruit you will find around at this time of the year. And, India grows over 200 varieties of Mangoes. in Mumbai, the king of the kings is the Alphonso. One variety I find myself a bit divided upon.
Is it good? Definitely. Is it the best? Not so sure. I enjoyed Malika mangoes in Bangalore a great deal more than Alphonsoes to be fair. Alphonsoes, as good as they are seem to be a bit over rated to me. They have been made the poster boys of Mangoes by default.
That said, mangoes, regardless of their varieties are THE fruit that will make Summer bearable. Their only drawback is that they are a bit of a pain to cut and eat.
I like mine straight from the fridge and eaten as is, DH likes his in mango shakes, Ishita will eat them just because they are mangoes, and my dog begs for the peels. The only one we haven't gotten on board is my cat. But cats are known food snobs anyway...