I have a guilty pleasure, mes amis. I try to buy seasonally and locally, but there is one fruit that tempts me every spring with its sweet, siren call: the alphonso mango.
Why the Alphonso? It has everything you’d ever want in a mango: juiciness, sweetness, intense flavor, butter-soft flesh, and a color reminiscent of the setting sun.
Why the guilt? Because the King of Mangoes is grown in India and exported around the world (mine came straight from Mumbai). Interestingly, I read here that Alphonsos were banned from the United States for 18 years because they carried non-native fruit flies and other disease. The ban was lifted in 2007 and the mangoes are sprayed before crossing the border.
Where can you find Alphonso mangoes in Paris? I bought mine at the VS & Co. Cash and Carry near the Gare du Nord, where customers were snatching up boxes of the fruit like they were lifejackets on a sinking ship. Alphonso mango season is almost over, though, so it’s best to act quickly if you’re interested in your own dose of subcontinental sunshine.
VS Co. Cash and Carry
197 rue du Faubourg Saint-Denis, 10e
tel: 01 40 34 71 65