Crawford Market: Mango Season in Mumbai

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Last Updated on April 26, 2024 by Audrey Scott

What better time to visit Crawford Market in Mumbai than mango season! And these are not just any mangoes, but alphonso mangoes — the king of mangoes in India.

Throughout the market, stands overflow with them. Mangoes are a precious (oh, are they so precious!) and delicate fruit, so straw is used to protect them from bruises as they are arranged in perfect rows in baskets and boxes.

In the dimly lit interior of the market, they almost glow like gold.

And the smell? Well, unfortunately we can't capture that in this photo. You'll just have to go to Mumbai in April and May to enjoy that for yourself!

Crawford Market in Mumbai during mango season.
A vendor shows off a few of his alphonso mangoes at Crawford Market in Mumbai, India. Our visit happened to coincide with mango season – delicious.
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11 thoughts on “Crawford Market: Mango Season in Mumbai”

  1. oh deliciousness! we haven’t been to mumbai yet … but do we ever love the smell of mangoes! mango smoothies are THE best!

  2. Oh Yum! I keep missing mango season…seriously, everywhere I go in the world. Even when I got back to Sydney I’d missed mango season by a couple of weeks.

    I wonder if there is a place where you can get real fresh mangoes every day of the year?? If so, I’m moving there.

  3. I love mangoes 🙂 Crazy how many there are! And I can’t believe how many bananas are lying around there also.

  4. I have been fortunate enough to see the take off of the mango trade in Mumbai, its soo hectic you wouldnt believe.

    I would compare it to the rush of piccadilly circus in a space 5 times smaller!

  5. The mangoes look beautiful but I have a different question and I figured I would ask here because this is the latest post (and I presume, you guys don’t look at earlier posts).

    Have you guys visited South Korea? Their food is absolutely delicious….so I was wondering. South Korea would be worth it just for the food.


  6. Wow, I can only imagine the smell. I love the tiny sweet ones we get in Colombia. No idea what kind they are but they are delicious!

  7. Thanks for all your comments and apologies for the late reply – we haven’t had much internet connectivity while in Tanzania these last few weeks.

    @Naomi: I agree – it is hard to beat a good mango smoothie! Hope you make it to Mumbai during mango season – you’ll likely overdose on them 🙂

    @Megan: Haven’t heard of any places where you can get fresh, ripe mangoes all year around. But, if I do come across it I might move there with you!

    @Julie: Glad you enjoyed this! Did you pull the trigger on the flight??

    @Sabrina: Yes, the market was overflowing with fruit. Every corner seemed to have crates and crates of it. Wonder how much of it goes bad from not being sold.

    @Danny: I can only imagine the craziness of the mango trade in full force. Must have been quite an experience.

    @Sutapa: No, we haven’t been to South Korea yet. We were looking at possibly going earlier this year but decided to go to Bali instead. Several friends who have lived in Korea say the food is really incredible – great street food scene.

    @Steph: It’s great how each country has it’s own specialty of mangoes. Doesn’t really matter the type – tiny and sweet sounds good to me!

    @James: It sure was – so sweet and rich!

    @Jay: Glad to hear you’ve had a chance to eat Alphonso magoes!


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