Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Ripoff from Kaohsiung - Ching-Huang Mango

Over the last few days (June 5-9) at select grocers, "The Best of Kaohsiung" have been offering samples of their special fruits touted to have superior taste. I tried some deeply orange-fleshed mangoes there, and to be honest, they didn't taste too special.
Still, I decided to give it a go. There weren't many of the fruits left at IGA Market Place in Burnaby but I found a decent-looking mango and bought it.

It weighted almost 750 grams or 1.5 pounds. It cost $9.99.

$9.99 for a mango.

But wit! The bill said "You saved $5.00", so actually it should have normally cost $14.99. For one mango. That about $10 per pound.

The good:
  • It tastes decent. Like a mango.
  • The seed is very flat. So, their verbal claim at the store that the seed is maybe 10% of the total mass is true, at least for this one mango I bought.
  • There is no significant fibre from the seed throughout the pulp.
The bad:
  • It tastes just like a mango. Nothing special. Nothing to make we go "wow" or that I was happy to pay $9.99 for a mango when I could have paid $6.88 for NINE (9) pounds of Mexican mangoes at Superstore.
Want your mangoes substantially sweeter? Don't buy the sweet ones, not sour ones. Then cheat and add honey or sugar -- Instead of paying 13x more by buying imports from Kaohsiung, Taiwan.

The question I'm left with is, "Should I buy anything else from IGA?"

Best of Kaohsiung
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Ching-Huang Mango weight
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Ching-Huang Mango inside
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Ching-Huang Mango bill

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