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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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