Behold the Manila Mango! At $2 a pop and with edible flesh the size of a cell phone, these little babies are definitely high-end. After all, that “stringless, creamy-sweet flesh” just don’t come cheap.
The thing is, it actually does. The picture above was taken at the Whole Foods on Houston. Walk a half a mile south, though, and you can find the same exact mango (right down to the distributor and product number) for a third of the price. Magic? No – Chinatown.
I reached out to Ciruli Brothers (the exclusive distributor of the Champagne Mango, as they call it) to see what gives. Is the Chinatown a knockoff? Does Ciruli grade the pricing of their produce based on differences in quality?
My guess is no – I had both mangoes and they were equally delicious. Seriously, delicious. I may be corrected, but until then I suggest you head to Chinatown (Mott St. between Grand and Hester) and load up.
Bourgeois no more – this is a mango of the People.