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Seasonality chart for vegetables. Click through to see a chart for fruits as well. (Earlier)

Seasonality chart for vegetables. Click through to see a chart for fruits as well. (Earlier)

(Source: chasingdelicious.com)

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Protip: don’t eat kiwi fruit with the skin on

Kiwi fruit is delicious, but it’s also sort of a pain: you either have to peel the skin off or cut it in half and scoop out the inside with a spoon. Is it possible to eat it without any utensils? I had long avoided trying this idea for fear that the skin will feel like chewing a mouthful of hair. Well, turns out that hair isn’t an issue, but the skin is tough and kind of bitter—it felt like eating paper. Blech.

ilovecharts:

Click through for the interactive Eat Seasonably Calendar.

This is neat but inexplicably incomplete. Upside: it lets you check for seasonality by picking an ingredient first, which is an advantage over the calendar-driven (i.e., can’t start with ingredients) seasonal ingredients map on Epicurious. Downside: it’s UK-based, so the foods and their peak seasons are probably different from those in the US. Are the missing fruits and vegetables an indicator of British diet? Two kinds of apples but no oranges? No Broccoli? Grapes? Peaches? The list is alphabetized, but stops at sweet corn. Why? No tomatoes? Turnips? Watermelons?

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Mango varieties

I mentioned a few different mangoes yesterday. This is a run-down of more varieties from Issue 85 (June/July 2005) of Saveur. The list was published before Indian mangoes were allowed in the US and so does not include the Alphonso.

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Dear Mr. Smarmy Hipster: mangoes should not taste like tacos.

This video made me want to try the Alphonso mango, so I was excited to see some promising-looking fruits at the local foodie mecca about a week ago. These weren’t labeled specifically as the Alphonso, however, just “Indian mangoes,” so I couldn’t be sure exactly what variety they were.

According to Salon.com, the Alphonso’s characteristics should include a small pit and smooth flesh, and the video’s narrator found the flavor peppery. Well, the one I bought had a large pit and its flesh was plenty fibrous, though less so than the more common Tommy Atkins mango. Instead of peppers, the flavor had a resinous quality and overtones of cloves and star anise. So either I got a different variety, or both Salon and Mr. Smarmy Hipster’s taste buds were off.

The fruit I bought had yellow skin and was of similar color, size, and shape as the Ataulfo mango, but it was not labeled as such. The Ataulfo also has a creamy (or creamier) flavor and, when ripe, a faint persimmon aroma that my mango lacked. The stores, including an Indian grocery I just checked, are now out of them. This matches the close of the Alphonso season, but I’ll have to wait until next year for confirmation.