Growing up in India, summer always meant the arrival of monsoon and mangoes. Though we have no reason to miss the rain here, America has plenty already, we do miss the mangoes. Americans are not particularly fond of mangoes, but in South Asian culture, mangoes are a cult favorite.
The sweet, bright yellow fruit has several variants, and its taste differs across them. I used to be choosy about eating only sindhri or chaunsa, but here I would just about eat any Indian mango that I can get my hands on.
For years, America has had a ban on importing Indian mangoes, which was just lifted in 2007. However, Indian mangoes are still hard to find. The mangoes imported from Peru, Brazil, and Mexico pale in comparison to India’s. Anybody’s who’s tasted Indian mangoes will never be able to settle for any other mangoes.
Indian mangoes that are available here are priced like a luxury product. Since we are so desperate, we do pay hundreds of dollars for a single crate of our favorite aam, but imagine my surprise when I saw the mangoes in Patel Brothers.
Patel Brothers is the most popular Indian grocery store chain in America, and they have everything Indian in there, including mangoes. What’s fascinating is that their mangoes are priced way less compared to the average grocery stores that import Indian mangoes. The mango display was hardly visible, as the crowd was gathered around it, buzzing with excitement at the sight of their beloved fruit in this foreign land.
If you don’t want to haul bags of mangoes home, we can bring them to you. Just order however many mangoes you want from Patel Brothers through avocadonext.com and we’ll deliver it to you on the same day so you can enjoy it over dinner. Get it delivered to Santa Clara, San Jose, Mountain View, Cupertino, Saratoga, Los Gatos, Los Altos, Sunnyvale or Milpitas, with no delivery charges on orders exceeding $25.