Picked up a box of ataulfo (champagne) mangoes from the Burlington H mart last weekend. There were 24 in a box for $12, on the smaller side, and they were labeled as being from Peru. When I got home, I skinned and cut up 3 mangoes, 2 were pretty tasty but the third was so sour, I had to pitch it. I thought most of them might not be ripe yet, so I left them alone for a couple days. Each day I would cut one or two up and they were either perfectly colored but really tart, or brown and dried up on the inside. I cut up the last few today, and had to toss all of them out. So basically 2/24 mangoes were edible.
I was so angry! I had to take a bunch of pictures and ask chowhounders what to make of this and how to avoid buying another bad batch of mangoes in the future. They looked golden and beautiful on the outside, smelled and felt ripe, but the inside was dry and disgusting.
I read that South American mangoes are typically not as delicious as the Mexican variety. But I can't believe these mangoes are even sold in stores! Do I need to avoid buying produce at H mart in general? I'm not a frequent shopper there, but their samples are always delicious I thought I'd give it a try.
It was also strange that the two I ate first were pretty good. Do ataulfos rot from the inside or something, and how do you know when they are ripe-edible and not ripe-rotten? I included pictures of the outside and what it looked like when I cut it up. Yuck.
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