Mangoes Key facts In the Indian sub-continent, the arrival of the Alphonso mango season is greeted much as we rejoice at the first asparagus. Look out for these mangoes in Asian shops in May - they are superb. Mangoes can be used in savoury dishes and salads as well as desserts and smoothies.

When you're standing before a ripe, plump mango and you can feel its soft ripeness and smell its quite overwhelming fragrance, that is a time to rejoice.

Fast jets now mean everybody can enjoy this most luscious and succulent of fruits, with its dazzling orange-yellow flesh. The fruit itself is fragrant, with a custard flavour. That said, a mango is always rather awkward to prepare, but first you need to check that it's ripe. Colour is not an indication: the skins are variously green, red, yellow-orange or even vaguely purple.

As with an avocado, you need to hold the fruit in your hand and feel a 'give' of softness when you exert a little pressure. Smell, too, can help you – the riper it is the heavier the perfume.

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