The Alphonso is a seasonal fruit, available mid-April through the end of June. The fruits generally weigh between 150 and 300 grams (5.3 and 10.6 oz), have a rich, creamy, tender texture and delicate, non-fibrous, juicy pulp. As the fruit matures, the skin of an Alphonso mango turns golden-yellow with a tinge of red across the top of the fruit.
The variety is named after Afonso de Albuquerque, the viceroy of Portuguese India from 1509 to 1515. The Portuguese introduced grafting on mango trees to produce varieties like Alphonso. Alphonso is also one of the most expensive varieties of mango, and is grown mainly in the Konkan region of western India.
What is so special about Alphonso mangoes?
“Alphonso mangoes have a unique quality – they’re non-fibrous, very sweet and pulpy,” says Monica Bhandari, of Fruity Fresh. “You don’t really eat other mangoes on their own, but biting into a raw Alphonso is a luxury.”
Fresh Indian Alphonso Mangoes
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