Food the mango thread

Discussion in 'UK Wine Forum' started by Andrew Stevenson, May 8, 2016.

  1. In extremis a very decent sorbet can be made from the large tins of Alphonso pulp available at Indian grocers and even some supermarkets, Chris.
  2. Just back from the wonderful Costa Rica, where I had some of the best mangoes I've ever had (and it isn't even the season yet!) My favourite was a kind of pointy one with predominantly red colouring, in case anyone should know the variety.

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  3. Are any of those tins not sweetened?
  4. No. Sorbets anyway need plenty of sugar!
  5. Had some beautiful, Indian, Kesar mangoes last week but first Alphonsos this week. £14/6 which I thought was reasonable but the greengrocer thought extortionate.
  6. £8 for six in Shepherd's Bush.
  7. I paid £15 for 12 "king size" ones in Kingsbury, epicentre of Indian mango distribution last Tuesday. Regular size ones were £12 for 12.
  8. He was right!
  9. Glad that Fortnum and Mason got its Mango sorbet back (at its 1st floor). Last year they introduced five new flavours of vegan ice creams made from coconut milk, besides the pure coconut one all didn't look appetising at all, I was given a spoon to try and found it as bad as it looks.
    Anyway, they didn't sell well, rightfully so. I don't understand why they even introduced those things to occupy the spaces originally for popular sorbets and ice creams. F&M is not Organic Planet, they wouldn't have enough vegan customers to support those.
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  10. Has anyone ever come across the thai style of mango - crunchy, tart and sweet - in the UK?

    Ma Mueng Suk

    It's wine in a mango and the most popular in Thailand - there is a green really sour one too best eaten with some red indescribable stuff - and I'm totally addicted to it compared to the ambrosia sweet style.
  11. [WP Alert]Calling all cars! Calling all cars! Be on the lookout for suspicious looking type who appears to have gone native, possibly carrying a trumpet, a strange mango and some red indescribable stuff. Be careful when approaching as he may be deranged by a lack of Yorkshire rhubarb. Out. [\WP Alert]
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  12. I hope you'll come across of some from Philippines, they got few varieties there as well. I recommend one from Guimaras island.
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  13. Finally found the mango I like in London: outside of Goodge street station, some mango labelled 'extra sweet, by air, mangos gold'. Many of them are a bit over-ripen but the intense sweetness is like we have back home. £1 each.
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  14. Apparently some of my in-laws were at their house in Gujerat when the pandemic started. Normally the diaspora more used to the British climate returns home well before the Indian summer, but on consideration this year they decided to brave the heat in order to take advantage of the alphonso season.
  15. I have to say, and this may be controversial, that I have rather gone off the Indian/Pakistani mangoes. I used to get them by the multiple box either in Alperton, Ealing or Southall and gorge on them when in season. However in recent years I have found that:

    1) they're not all that cheap
    2) they're often too sweet, and in a saccharine kind of way, detracting from the mango taste
    3) the texture is nothing to write home about
    4) the ratio of fruit to pip is mediocre, not helped by the fact that the variety is often slender and sometimes small

    I have transferred my allegiance to Costa Rica, where the price is very competitive with these however the product is better, plumper, better in texture and taste and usually with a smaller pip. And sometimes they are cheaper, to boot
  16. I increasingly don't enjoy the sweetness, but it's all about the fragrance to me and I've not had a South American mango with anything to say in that department, though I'll certainly look out for a Costa Rica example. A good Alphonso smells of Riesling ,and tends to have more balancing acidity than other varieties.
  17. As Thom says the best Alphonsos balance sweetness and acidity
  18. Had one box of Kesar and one of Alphonso this year, and each has been thoroughly disappointing (and overpriced at £14 and £12 respectively). Just not sweet enough - aroma and acidity, OK, but they need sugar too!

    From my experience of two years living in Colombia and numerous tourist trips, Tom is right in saying that the S American (and African) examples just don't have the aroma of those from the sub-continent, but it isn't ALL about aroma!
  19. Interesting. Either way, not tempted!
  20. Nor is wine, but it is a substantial component!
  21. Sure, but it's got to deliver on the palate too - as with the mango!
  22. So Pakistan is Burgundy for mangoes? 70% of the enjoyment is aroma? :)
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