Alphonso Mango Sorbet

3 Mango Sorbet

I always find it hard to talk myself into doing anything with Alphonso mangoes other than eating them straight from the box. The flavour of the Indian Alphonso is like well, mango but really sweet and perfumed. Widely considered to be the finest mango, they are expensive, coming in at nearly a quid per fruit.

 I saw this recipe for a sorbet on Times Online and it’s so simple I thought it would be rude not to give it whirl. You remove the flesh from 6 Alphonso mangoes – an incredibly simple process with my new mango stoner (cheers mum!) – one swift movement and the cheeks are off and the stone is ready for sucking. You blend this with 200g icing sugar, the juice of 2 limes and an egg white (beaten to soft peaks), if you fancy a lighter texture (I did). It froze quickly, I took it out, blended it, re-froze it and did the same again an hour or two later. It came out near perfect. If I was being picky I reckon it could take a touch more lime for a bit more tang. In fact, some zest on top would be fantastic. Dammit, I can’t believe I only just thought of that!

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26 thoughts on “Alphonso Mango Sorbet

  1. Divine – I can never fathom how something so fresh and fruity can be so rich it’s almost creamy?

    It is only available from February to June Every year during Indian Summers.

    Come Next February and one must try this one. It’s a must eat.



  2. Well, I think you already know how much I love alphonso mangoes too! This sorbet does look divine!
    My local Indian grocery store just switched to Kesar mangoes (as their alphonso mangoes were coming in a little _too_ ripe and a touch battered so I’ve just bought a box of those. Honestly, to me, they really taste the same. That same intense, perfumey, magical flavour. Just the same.
    I have 8 left so maybe I’ll bite the bullet and make some sorbet out of some…

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  3. Wow, what an incredible colour and texture the Alphonso mangoes have! I hadn’t heard of this particular variety before… wonder if I can find them in Bristol…

  4. Dan – You must look out for the Alphonso’s! They are amazing. Do you have an Asian grocer near you?
    Lizzie – yeah it was well easy. I reckon a bit of zest grated on top would make it perfect and it would look rather nice too.
    A Girl Has to Eat – I am making it my mission to eat as many as possible before they run out!
    MyLastBite – That is not good news :( I’m glad I could be of service in cheering you up though.
    Lisa – I have to say this is now my favourite flavour of sorbet ever. It was so simple to make too – even I couldn’t stuff it up.
    Peter – It would be fantastic after your grilled calamari, no?
    Kim – I am hugely jealous! A mango festival?! Sounds amazing.
    Fran39 – Thanks Fran, for some reason I didn’t get it so thanks for leaving a comment. I’ve sent you a message on London Food Bloggers.
    Richard – That is a shame. Yes they do get a lot cheaper when they are riper. These were under ripes when i bought them and needed a good few days to ripen. It was an agonising wait.
    The Graphic Foodie – Yeah I don’t think it would be half as good with ‘regular’ mangoes.
    Forkful of Spaghetti – I know, I’ve said ti now so it will probably rain…
    Gourmet Chick – Thanks! Yeah I bet it seems outrageous how much we pay for them here. Totally worth it though.
    Jess – Hi! And thanks :) That sorbet sounds lovely although I haven’t tasted Campari since a rather unfortunate incident involving excessive consumption and a white jumper when I was fifteen.
    Oyster Culture – I was rather proud of myself I must say…
    pipigs corner – isn’t it? Shocking orange! A happy sorbet.
    Jenny – Yes do, it will look pretty too. I am kicking myself for not thinking of it earlier.
    Jenn – They are the king (or Queen) of mangoes for sure.

  5. Helen this looks amazing. What a great colour. As an Australian I am a mango addict and really miss the ready supply of ripe mangos we have there. Bring on summer…

  6. Sadly out in the sticks, it’s difficult to find alphonso mangos. When I lived in London, we’d buy boxes of them from asian corner shops quite cheaply. They were often at their peak of ripeness or almost over-ripe and quite cheap. Now, if I see a mango it’s almost certainly from Peru or somewhere, hard as nails and too expensive. I feel a root round some asian shops near where I work coming on so I can have a go at this…

    richards last blog post..Letter from Green & Blacks Re Fairtrade

  7. Lovely looking sorbet, Helen. Not sure if you got my message via London food bloggers, but yes, I do have a food blog – A Taste of Tottenham. All food with the odd flower thrown in.

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  8. Oh… you share my love of mangoes… I am living in India at the moment, where they are grown so you can imagine how many I am eating! My boyfriend just brought me back a box of alphonso mangoes as a present whilst on business in Bombay – Maharastra – is the state famous for growing them. There is even a mango festival here in June – peak of the season – when there will be hundreds of varieties to taste… come to India, the mangoes are awesome!

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