Champagne mangos have arrived in Denver. The picture is a display of Ciruli Brothers Produce Champagne mangos at the front entrance of Whole Foods in Cherry Creek.
Ciruli Brothers Produce began in Pueblo, Colorado in the early 1940s. It had warehouses and sheds throughout southern Colorado, Denver and Phoenix in the 1950s and 1960s.
Charlie (Chuck) Ciruli and his sons now run the firm out of Tubac, Arizona, north of Nogales, Mexico, where most winter produce and fruits for American tables come from. Chuck Ciruli is currently in Denver. He is my cousin (I’m in the photo), and the two of us will attend a birthday party for a 90-year-old family matriarch – Helen Mosco – in Pueblo on April 3.
Champagne mangos are a specialty of Ciruli Brothers Produce and they distribute them through Whole Foods and other quality food retailers throughout the west.