About Our Mangoes
Our Alphonso Mangoes
Alphonso is the most delicious variety of mango. It is known for its golden hue, taste and aroma and accounts for nearly 60% of the mango export trade from India. The Konkan region of Maharashtra, especially Ratnagiri and Devgad, produces the best quality Alphonso mangoes.
Our Indian Alphonso mangoes are imported directly from our family-owned farms in the Ratnagiri district of Maharashtra, India.
The Alphonso mangoes from Konkan are available only during the months of March, April and May. Each mango weighs between 200 grams to 300 grams. No other mango variety beats the superior quality of Alphonso mango.
Maharashtra state government has been actively involved in promoting and controlling the quality of mangoes being exported.
Mangoes 4 US strictly follows the guidelines set by the Agricultural & Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA). Only Good-looking and healthy mangoes with sufficient stalk length are harvested at the mango grooves. All the mangoes are carefully inspected before packing. All damaged, diseased, over-ripen or rotten fruit is physically segregated and not approved for export. The mangoes selected for export are then washed and cleaned with a mild detergent and given post-harvest hot water fungicidal dipping at 52 C for 3-4 minutes. Each individual fruit of mango is enclosed in a clean, white, soft, expandable and netted type polystyrene sleeve to prevent bruising before packing in an insect-proof box.
The labeled boxes are carried to the Irradiation facility. Each consignment of mangoes is inspected jointly by Animal & Plant Health Inspection Service, US Department of Agriculture (USDA-APHIS) and National Plant Protection Organization (NPPO) of India. Few selected cartons and fruits are thoroughly inspected for quarantine pests such as fruit flies. Few numbers of fruits are cut and examined for internal feeders such as weevils. The mangoes are then treated in India with irradiation as a condition of entry into USA.
Currently only one plant KRUSHAK (“Krushi Utpadan Sanrakshan Kendra” meaning Agro Produce Preservation Center) is being used for irradiation processing of mango for export to the U.S.
As per the specifications for export to USA, the Alphonso mango should weigh between 250 and 300 grams. However, APEDA does not approve the gross weight of box to exceed 3.5 kg (7.7 lbs). This puts a limit on the size of the mangoes in the box.
Indian mangoes are permitted import in commercial consignments only.
Ripening and Storage
To ripen mangoes, keep them in their shipping box — with the lid on — at room temperature. If the box is not good, discard it and store the mangoes in paper bags.
While they may be ready to eat when they arrive, it usually takes a few more days for them to ripen fully. Check them daily. A ripe Alphonso mango will have a golden hue and a sweet aroma. Once ripe, you may refrigerate the mangoes for few days. Refrigeration slows the ripening process, but doesn't stop it entirely. So be sure to enjoy your mangoes within two to three days. You may also freeze mango chunks to make pulp later.
Storage temperature for mangoes is 13˚ C (55.4˚ F). Do not refrigerate raw mangoes.
Avoid storing in plastic bags. Avoid extreme temperatures.
Just like any other fruit, mango is perishable. Once received or picked up they should be consumed within two to three days.
Alphonso mango may develop “Spongy tissue” (pale yellow/white, corky tissue). It can be detected only after cutting the fruit open. We take extreme care of our groves to reduce the incidence of this disorder. Scientists at Konkan Krushi Vidyapeeth(“Konkan Agriculture University”) in Dapoli and other Horticulture institutions in India have conducted many investigations over the past decades to understand the cause of this disorder. However, they have not been able to come out with any concrete solution for it. Since the Fruits affected by this disorder do not show any external symptoms, it still poses a challenge for quality control in export.
The following statements have been reviewed and approved by USDA following FDA guidelines for nutrition statements:
- Mangoes are an excellent source of vitamins C and A, both important antioxidant nutrients. Vitamin C promotes healthy immune function and collagen formation. Vitamin A is important for vision and bone growth.
- Mangoes are a good source of dietary fiber. Diets low in fat and high in fiber-containing grain products, fruits, and vegetables are associated with a reduced risk of some types of cancer.
- Mangoes contain over 20 different vitamins and minerals.