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Heat and Mangoes

This year alphonsos are expected to hit the street in April


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Summer is almost upon us. And that means only one thing: Mangoes! The early alphonsos hit the streets of Mumbai mid-February and in Gujarat in the last week of February. This year, because of the extended winter, the harvest has been delayed; expect the fruit to be available freely starting April—a good two-week delay. Down South, matters are not much better with Cyclone Thane playing its part. On the whole, prices will be high this year. A dozen mangoes last year cost Rs 800 in Gujarat; this year they’ll be around Rs 1,200. Alphonsos will also be at least 50 percent more expensive in Mumbai than last year (Rs 1,200).