POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Feb 02, 2011
A Hawaii-grown mango in January? I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw Golden Glow mangoes at my farmers market a couple of weeks ago from Yee's Orchard in Kihei, Maui.
An anomaly for sure: Mango season is usually in the summer, though Yee's mangoes usually start around late March. Patricia Iwamoto of Yee's Farm says they were surprised, too, by the early crop. This batch will not be around for long, but by late March, Golden Glows should begin its full season.
If you're not familiar with a Golden Glow mango, you have to try one. It's a beautiful blend of a firm, sweet, tart Haden with the creamy silkiness of a Pirie. I tried one more than a dozen years ago and have been hooked on them ever since. They're not inexpensive (I know many folks can't see buying mangoes because they're used to getting them from their or their neighbor's backyard for free!), but these mangoes are so good they're worth every penny.
Find Golden Glows, when they're in season, at farmers markets, Whole Foods, Down to Earth and Times. Each mango is identified by a sticker, so be on the lookout.