La Colline Mangoes
Earl’s Organic is rolling in a variety of luscious La Colline mangoes out of Mexico. Take your pick of the Ataulfo, also known as the Honey, Yellow, Baby, Champagne and Manila, Tommy Atkins or the Haden Mango. One of our fruit buyers, Christie Biddle, is currently traveling to Mexico to meet the grower. We can look forward to hearing about her trip next week when she returns.
The small kidney bean shape of the Ataulfo mango and their vibrant golden color makes them easy to spot. Don’t be fooled by their size- the thin pit means more fruit for you to eat. They are packed with fantastic flavor and their smooth flesh means you won’t end up with stringy fibers caught between your teeth. The season runs from March to July. Currently ataulfos are coming out of Mexico but they are also grown in Ecuador and Peru.
Tommy Atkins mangoes are medium to large sized and oval or oblong shaped with a gorgeous red blush covering a background of green, yellow and orange. The flesh is sweet tasting with some fibrous strands. The season runs from March to July and October to January. Currently Tommy Atkins are coming from Mexico but they are also grown in Ecuador and Peru.
Just in, Haden mangoes! Haden’s looks and tastes very similar to a Tommy Atkin. They have a smooth rich sweet taste with very little fibers. The color of the skin is bright red over a yellow and green background with the distinguishing characteristic of small white dots. When ripe they have the most incredible fragrance. They are available in April and May and are sourced mostly from Mexico.
HOW TO TELL IF YOUR MANGO IS READY TO EAT
*Mangoes are ready to eat when the flesh yields to gentle pressure.
*The skin of the Haden mango also turns from green to yellow as it ripens.