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27 Smart Places to Put Mangoes, from Soups to Soufflés

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First, the bad news: We've missed the season for Alphonso mangoes. From the end of April to the end of June, you can mail-order this variety, which comes primarily from India's Konkan Coast, or seek it out on the Subcontinent, where it's anxiously awaited. (But come June 3, you'll no longer be able to purchase a box from mangoinUSA.com.) While India grows half of the world's mangoes, $50 million of the fruit per year, according to Travel and Leisure, the Alphonso is the most prized.

Its "voluptuous shape and sunshine-yellow skin," writes Sejal Sukhadwala in the Guardian "reveals succulent saffron-coloured flesh that's smooth and buttery: imagine a cross between peach, nectarine, apricot and melon with notes of honey and citrus."

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But now, the better news: While you might have to mark your calendar for next April to get your hands on an Alphonso, other varieties of mango are available in the U.S.—and more so in June and July than in other months. You may be able to find Ataulfo, Francis, Haden, Keitt, Kent, and Tommy Atkins mangoes (see images of the different types here); some are grown in Florida, California, Hawaii, and Puerto Rico, but most come from Haiti, Guatemala, and Mexico (and, in the fall and winter season, from Brazil, Peru, and Ecuador).

If you've never tasted an Alphonso, you won't even know what you're missing! And the types available now will do just as well in the lassis, soups, smoothies, soufflés, salsas, and the salads below:

Passion Fruit and Mango-Mint Lassi
Passion Fruit and Mango-Mint Lassi
Mango-Mint Limeade

Mango-Mint Limeade by EmilyC

Green Smoothie With Avocado

Green Smoothie With Avocado by Gena Hamshaw

Heirloom Tomato and Mango Lassi with Ground Sumac

Heirloom Tomato and Mango Lassi with Ground Sumac by Sagegreen

Mango Lassi - Indian Mango Smoothie

Mango Lassi - Indian Mango Smoothie by rmansuri

A Bowl Of Mango Sunshine

A Bowl Of Mango Sunshine by TheWimpyVegetarian

Mango Srikhand

Mango Srikhand by Panfusine

Glazed Five Spice Burger with Gingery Mangos
Glazed Five Spice Burger with Gingery Mangos
Mango Cucumber Chile Salad
Mango Cucumber Chile Salad
Mahi Mahi and Avocado Tacos with Mango-Cilantro Salsa
Mahi Mahi and Avocado Tacos with Mango-Cilantro Salsa
Spicy Indian Mango Pickle
Spicy Indian Mango Pickle
Mango Rice with Mustard
Mango Rice with Mustard
Mango Salad with Fennel Frond Pesto

Mango Salad with Fennel Frond Pesto by arielleclementine

Cambodian-Style Spring Rolls

Cambodian-Style Spring Rolls by boulangere

Quinoa and Mango Salad with Lemony-Ginger Dressing
Quinoa and Mango Salad with Lemony-Ginger Dressing
Chicken-Amba (Mango Condiment) Sandwiches with Lime Mayonnaise
Chicken-Amba (Mango Condiment) Sandwiches with Lime Mayonnaise
Chilled Cucumber and Avocado Soup with Mango Salsa
Chilled Cucumber and Avocado Soup with Mango Salsa
Vietnamese Mango and Chicken Salad
Vietnamese Mango and Chicken Salad
Khao Niaw Mamuang (Sticky Rice with Mango and Salty-Sweet Coconut Cream)
Khao Niaw Mamuang (Sticky Rice with Mango and Salty-Sweet Coconut Cream)
Mango Lassisicles

Mango Lassisicles by Nicholas Day

Mango Soufflés with Coconut-Lime Crème Anglaise

Mango Soufflés with Coconut-Lime Crème Anglaise by Oui, Chef

Mango Yogurt & Granola
Mango Yogurt & Granola
Rum-Spiked Roasted Caramelized Mango

Rum-Spiked Roasted Caramelized Mango by EmilyC

52 Scoops' Mango Ice Cream with Chili Sea Salt

52 Scoops' Mango Ice Cream with Chili Sea Salt by 52scoops

Mango-Lime Trifle with Brown Butter Cake
Mango-Lime Trifle with Brown Butter Cake
Mango Melting Moments
Mango Melting Moments

And, in sorbet form (though the addition of fresh mango would also be delicious):

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Fragrant Oranges with Ice Cream, Almonds, and Dates
Fragrant Oranges with Ice Cream, Almonds, and Dates

What's your favorite way to use mango? Tell us in the comments!

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