Seeking Indian Mangoes

Since the first shipments of Indian mangoes in almost 20 years arrived on U.S. shores earlier this month, people (including readers of this blog) have been scrambling to find them.

If you've missed what all the fuss is about, this quote from Madhur Jaffrey's March New York Times op-ed should put things into perspective: "What America will be getting is the King of Fruit, Indian masterpieces that are burnished like jewels, oozing sweet, complex flavors acquired after two millenniums of painstaking grafting."

So just where can you get your hands (or spoon) on one of these masterpieces? Rasika, my favorite spot for Indian food, was offering the mangoes last week for dessert, paired with cardamom ice cream for $8. The restaurant is currently waiting for another shipment, expected to arrive this weekend.

And a story in today's Washington Post Food section mentions a few area Indian markets that have been selling the Alphonso mangoes — and the trouble they've had keeping them in stock.

The pest-provoked ban on the seasonal fruit was lifted thanks to a process that irradiates the fruit prior to shipment.

Seen an Indian mango around? Let us all know where you found it.