Siraj Thakor crouches behind the counter, roots around and emerges, seconds later, with a large, rectangular box.
Gingerly, he sets it down and lifts off the top.
“Good?” says the general manager at Iqbal Halal Foods, a bustling grocery store in Thorncliffe Park. “What do you think?”
Inside the box, six mangoes individually-wrapped in protective Styrofoam slips are ripe for inspection. At $23 for the lot, they’d better be blemish free.
Known as the “King” of their kind, these Rajapuri mangoes are one of the rare and flavourful varieties that arrives from India by plane at this time of year. Thakor keeps them behind a counter near the checkout stations.
To put them in the produce aisle, he says, would invite would-be-eaters to squeeze the fruit, a common test for ripeness, and ruin it. But also, Thakor says, the limited supply is kept out of sight and sold mainly to customers who order in advance… see more at thestar
By: Michele Henry