Alphonse is widely recognised as the best mango variety available. These are small, roundish mangoes with a smooth, pale orange to deep orange peel. The flesh is an intense reddish-orange colour, smooth and almost fibreless. The flavour and sweetness are intense, exquisite, rich and unique, well worth tracking down to your local Indian store.
Ripening & Quality: Buy the fruit when they are still smooth and with a hint of pale green in the peel. Eat when the fruit is quite tender, even soft and slightly wrinkled, with a deepening orange peel colour. Occasionally, the flesh will contain ‘sponginess’, a soft, corky, discoloured area of flesh, only visible after cutting the fruit. This is a disorder associated with ripening and germination, and is unpleasant for the consumer and usually renders the fruit inedible. Small areas of spongy flesh can be removed without ill-effect.
Grown in: Western states on India. The main production is in Maharashtra and Gujarat states, where the best quality fruit can be narrowed down to distinct districts and even villages.
Alphonse mangoes produced in the Konkan belt along the coast of Maharashtra, specifically fruit grown in the districts of Sindhudurg, Ratnagiri, Raigad and Thane, have been awarded Geographical Indication (GI) status.
Harvest & Availability:
April to early July: from India