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Mango Lovers, Rejoice!

By Matt Rogers, February 3, 2011  |  Meet the Blogger  |  More Posts by Matt Rogers
You’ll find Whole Trade organic Kent mangos from Peru in our stores now. For the past few winters, we’ve offered these sweet and juicy Kent variety mangos grown by a group of small growers in northern Peru. This year, we’ve developed a more direct supply chain and are excited to offer this fruit with our Whole Trade Guarantee™, which is our commitment to ethical trade, the environment and high quality. The mangos are grown by members of the Small Farmers Association of Tongorrape (in Spanish, Asociación de Pequeños Productores de Tongorrape, or APPT). The group was established in 1999, and today it unites approximately 140 organic farmers in the Motupe Valley of Peru, about 500 miles north of Lima. The growers of APPT farm organic mangos, bananas, passion fruit and other crops on small parcels averaging about five acres. Most members have diversified farms with multiple rotating crops, a practice which protects the soil and reduces pest pressure. By using the IMO (Institute for Marketecology) Fair for Life certification, we are able to ensure that each grower receives a good price for their fruit, in addition to a specific “social premium” to support community and economic development projects of their choosing. In the past, the APPT farmers have used these premium funds to build community computer centers and repair roads, bridges and irrigation infrastructure. Your purchase of this fruit will directly contribute to efforts like these. Don’t be fooled by the green cast to the skin of these mangoes. Firmness is the best way to judge mango ripeness. A ripe mango will be slightly soft to the touch and the ripest fruit will have strong fruity aroma at the stem end. Kent mangos are known for having less fibers in the flesh than other popular commercial varieties (so you won’t need a toothpick after each taste). Please enjoy this great organic fruit while it lasts and let us know what you think!

 

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Patty Burba says ...
I bought these last week to make a mango salsa. They were so sweet tasting, I was very pleased with the purchase and when I come back in I will buy more.
02/10/2011 9:58:14 AM CST
Kate says ...
I love mango and picked up two from Whole Foods this weekend. I love the backstory of the Peruvian farmers. Here's a super simple Mango-Pineapple salsa: combine pineapple, mango, a red pepper, a jalapeno pepper, red onion, cilantro and the juice of a lime. Yum! http://bread-n-chocolate.blogspot.com/2011/02/mango-ing-going-gone.html
02/13/2011 6:07:11 PM CST
Javier says ...
YAY! I love Mangos. Not having yummy tropical fruits is one of the things I hate about living far up north! Hopefully they're not too pricey.
02/15/2011 12:42:23 PM CST
Sun says ...
I love mangoes! :) When are you going to put barcodes on all your produce so we know where it comes from, who grew it, how it was grown, what inspection it went through, and how long it took to arrive at the markets? It would be like a WheresGeorge type of thing we can look up on a web site.
02/16/2011 4:29:04 PM CST
Solstice says ...
Mango's are the very best and I am very pleased you are working with these farmers to make sure they get a fair price for their goods. Great Job !
02/16/2011 4:31:07 PM CST
Denice says ...
Sorry - none to be found in the Blossom Hill store! I was there today 2/16. We went to a new Mexican Market which just opened last month about 2 miles away and found the great Kent mangos! And at $.69 each what a bargain!
02/16/2011 6:13:03 PM CST
Jill says ...
What's the best way to peel a mango to get the most flesh from this delicious fruit?
02/16/2011 6:16:40 PM CST
Nina says ...
I can't wait to try them, I LOVE mangoes! The salsa sounds good but I just add them to my other favorites for a fresh fruit mix in the morning of mango, strawberries and blueberries - yum!
02/16/2011 6:33:52 PM CST
Mary Kay says ...
Thanks....but.....How much are they?
02/16/2011 9:17:39 PM CST
Terry says ...
I will purchase but hope and hope they have taste. Usually in the winter, they are bland. Will let you know!!!
02/16/2011 11:08:16 PM CST
Mary E. Fehrman says ...
Any good recipes for those delicious mangos?
02/17/2011 11:01:26 AM CST
Rachelle says ...
Thank you for informing me about this great effort I cant wait to try the fruit! I would love to see papayas from growers like these
02/17/2011 11:49:02 AM CST
Jennifer Windler says ...
YUM!! I LOVE mangoes and these are amazing! Great flavor and sweetness. I have been eating at least 1 per day. Find out the price by heading to my blog- Healthy Life Deals where I list sale prices and match them up with coupons for whole foods. http://healthylifedeals.blogspot.com Whole Foods is very affordable!
02/17/2011 1:28:27 PM CST
David Jackson says ...
I went to Whole Foods today to look for Whole Trade mangos and was told that there aren't any. There was a sign and it was taken down while I was there. I received your email today saying you have Whole Trade mangos. What's the story?
02/17/2011 3:36:21 PM CST
SAFI TRAMEL says ...
I HAVE LOVED MANGO FOREVER AND A DAY!!!!! DO THEY ALSO COME IN A CHILD SIZE HAND? WHEN I WAS A LITTLE GIRL IN NEW YORK CITY, MY AUNTIE ALWAYS BOUGHT ME A BAG FULL OF SMALL MANGOS THAT WOULD FIT PERFECT IN A MY HAND. WHEN YOU BITE INTO ONE THE JUICES RAN DOWN THE SIDES OF YOUR MOUTH ,OH SO DELICIOUSLY WONDERFUL, ALSO GREAT FOR YOUR MIND, HELPING YOU TO SHARP.
02/23/2011 10:12:56 PM CST
SAFI TRAMEL says ...
THE LAST LINE SHOULD SAY, HELPING YOUR MIND STAY SHARP.
02/23/2011 10:19:05 PM CST
how to eat a mango says ...
Mangos are healthy, and I agree there's many health benefits that comes from this wonderful fruit! This summer I'm going to try a Mexican and Tex Mex, Quick, Salsa recipe! Keep up the tasty looking site! Thanks, Glenn
02/27/2011 5:49:38 PM CST
chrissy says ...
I just discovered Kent mangoes at WFM this year and I absolutely love them. But they are gone now! Any chance they will be back or is the season over? Thanks :)
03/17/2011 4:04:54 PM CDT
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