Tomorrow is the first day of summer, so it seems only fitting that I came home today with 2 trays of mangoes. Eating the cool, juicy, golden, sweet flesh straight from the skin on a hot day is a strong summer memory for me.
I grew up in northern Australia where every second back yard had a mango tree (the first house I lived in had one). Mangoes were cheap as chips because there were so many to be had. Sadly, I no longer live in the sub-tropics, so no mango trees. But the school P&C run a mango drive every year – the mangoes are driven straight from the farmer (in northern Queensland) to our school (would take 2 or 3 days depending on how many drivers). A tray of 20 mangoes for $25. Can’t complain about that.
Of course, you need to know the trick to eating a mango. You cut down each side of the seed, criss-cross the cheek flesh and then turn invert the skin. The seed you either slice around or just gnaw at.
The first day of summer is forecast to be 35’C/95’F, so I hope I can find one ripe enough to eat tomorrow.
Do you like mango?