Ingredient of the week: Alphonso mango

by The very short season for alphonso mangos is in full swing. These are one of the most incredible tasting fruits on the planet – aromatic, sweet and sour – like a normal mango with the volume turned up and a bit of je ne sais quoi added.

The tasty fruits are distinguishable by a pale yellow exterior tinged with light green. They have a very short shelf-life though, so when you see them snap them up and eat them quickly!

Named after Alphonso de Albuqurque, a viceroy of Portuguese India who brought them with him on his travels, these mangos are grown in various regions in India and are regarded by some as the national fruit of the country. Now, almost all of these fruits are imported from India where over 100 different mango varieties are grown.

They are fantastic unadulterated, just peeled, chopped and eaten – but try them in a lassi (Indian yogurt drink) for something a little different, or a mousse or an ice cream.