He was fluent in Latin when he graduated from high school.
Karp moved to California in 1999.
David Karp has written many articles about mango for New York Times and Sunset Magazine among others.
His piece in the NY Times (2007) about the opening of India mango importation, was the inspiration for a recent piece published by Vice Munchies written by Myles Karp (no relation) .
In a 2010 piece in the L.A. Times series called Morning Call Mr. Karp reported on the upcoming Coachella valley mango season:
Mr. Karp describes imported HWT mangoes in the following manner:
Customers have been wondering for weeks when they'd show up, and now Wong Farms' desert mangoes, among the most exotic and eagerly sought fruits grown in California, are back at the Wednesday Santa Monica farmers market. Juicy, sweet and aromatic, they're expensive and tricky to obtain, but worth it for diehard mango lovers.
Store-bought mangoes, imported from Mexico, the Caribbean and South America, are a crapshoot. Sometimes they're great, but they're usually not identified by variety, and the most common kind, the red-skinned, highly productive Tommy Atkins, is fibrous in texture and mediocre in flavor. Most imported mangoes have to undergo hot-water treatment to kill insect pests, which destroys the aroma, and if the fruit is harvested before it is mature or the process is not done correctly, the fruit can shrivel or develop off-flavors
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