i guess shipment costs higher north piles up on the price.
some mangoes-- especially the dark green bullock’s heart type that you have-- actually soften and ripen without its skin turning yellow, and only the pulp yellows.
bullock’s heart-shaped mangos(keitt, kent, tommy a’s etc), to me, are better tasting eaten at a firm and crunchy or semi-soft stage, because the flavor is more zesty, and the flesh is less fibrous and not as messy-juicy when still semi-ripe
totally understand that many would much prefer theirs soft and ripe, since the loss of tang and fibrous nature are ameliorated by plenty juice and sugary mango-shake goodness!
guess it depends on one’s mood, much like choosing between astringent and non-astringent persimmons. One may like both kinds and couldn’t really say which one is better.
one thing i observe about maturity is that the immature mangoes are generally pale green with little red or yellow. So the big ones in your pictues even though dark green with hardly any red or yellow hues-- those are still more mature than pale green ones(of the same kind) with little red or yellow. You could also dunk your mangoes in a bucket of water and see which ones are quick to sink. Generally, the more dense, the more mature.
the slender-ish elongated mangoes in the ataulfo group, on the other hand, are usually better eaten ripe.
mature ataulfo’s have thinner skin compared to less mature ones, so unfortunately generally harvested subprime.
btw, keitts seem to always have good reviews, and it is hard to argue against it. Only thing is that it is often at the expense of tommy a’s, lol! Probably because many prefer mangoes fully ripe, and that is when tommy’s aren’t at their best. But they are just as good as most other mangoes when eaten semi-ripe.
know exactly what you’re saying!
There probably are scores of excellent(but yet unnamed) mango cultivars across tropical asia.
and considering the quality of mangoes nowadays from mexico et al, more unnamed hybrids being ‘conceived’ in the tropical americas as we speak.
‘refreshing’ is the closest word could come up with, but admittedly- does not do justice describing it