Most Americans would consider mangos an exotic fruit. To the rest of the world, though, they are as familiar as apples or pears are to us! In fact, mangos are the #1 most consumed fruit in the world. Finally, Americans are falling in love with this fragrant fruit. We’ve tasted that sassy mango flavor in sorbets, smoothies and flavored yogurt, and now it’s time to go to the source: the warm-hued ambrosial flesh of the fruit itself.

These days, mangos are available just about year round. The leading supplier of to the U.S. (and the rest of the world) is Mexico—and, in terms of quality, Mexican mangos are the gold standard. Fortunately for us, it’s only a short ride from the mango orchards and packinghouses of Mexico to American markets, and the season for this premium tree-ripened fruit is a lengthy one, running from February until mid-September, and peaking from April to July.