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Mangoes are the fresh pick of the week

Michael C. Green, Special to The Desert Sun

9 p.m. PDT August 20, 2015

Keitt and Valencia Pride Mangoes from Wong Farms, located in Mecca, just North of the Salton Sea, are this week’s Fresh Pick of the Week from the Certified Farmers’ Markets. Well-known locally for their wonderful Shady Lady tomatoes, Wong Farms also grow some of the best mangoes you’ll ever taste.

Commercially grown mangoes are often chosen from varieties that store and ship well, and although they look good, the taste is sometimes bland, and the flesh is often stringy and fibrous. 

Not so with the mangoes from Wong Farms. These local beauties are grown solely for their superior flavor and creamy texture. 

These mangoes don’t last long, though, so get them now.

The Keitt and Valencia Pride mangoes from Wong Farms are so popular that many chefs and regular customers call their orders in well in advance of the season just to make sure they get some of the delicious fruit! 

As a result, the entire season lasts only a few weeks. 

The good news for Coachella Valley residents is that Wong Farms are local, and they always bring their mangoes to the Certified Farmers’ Market. 

That means we get the best of their tree-ripened best.

Did you know: In the United States, Mangoes are generally eaten raw, mixed into fruit salads, or as a dessert. But in India, unripe mangoes are used to make pickles, and ripe mangoes are used to make drinks (mango lassis), jams and curries. In Indonesia, mangoes are even eaten with fish sauce!

Price: $5 per pound

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It has considerable shelf life of a week after it is ripe making it exportable. 

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The earlier fossil records of mango (Mangifera indica) from the Northeast and elsewhere were 25 to 30 million years old. The 'carbonized leaf fossil' from Damalgiri area of Meghalaya hills, believed to be a mango tree from the peninsular India, was found by Dr R. C. Mehrotra, senior scientist, BSIP and his colleagues. 

After careful analysis of the fossil of the mango leaf and leaves of modern plants, the BISP scientist found many of the fossil leaf characters to be similar to mangifera.

An extensive study of the anatomy and morphology of several modern-day species of the genus mangifera with the fossil samples had reinforced the concept that its centre of origin is Northeast India, from where it spread into neighbouring areas, says Dr. Mehrotra. 

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DHL (INDIA) makes gifting mangoes as easy as 1-2-3-....

Gifting mangoes is now easy with DHL
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Come this summer pamper your loved ones abroad with a box of delicious mangoes through DHL’s Express Easy Mango service, a unique one-stop-shop and hassle-free service for gifting mangoes all across the world.

This unique service by DHL Express, the world’s leading express company, allows customers to send mangoes from India across the world to the following countries Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Hong Kong, Italy, Luxemburg, Maldives, Netherlands, Norway, Oman, Qatar Singapore, Switzerland and Sweden.

Mangoes can be availed of free of cost by merely paying for the Air Express service. In addition, DHL Express assists customers with the necessary paperwork along with procurement of quality-grade Alphonso mangoes.

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