Summer mango

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?

9 comments on “Summer mango

  1. Giggling Fattie

    December 1, 2020 at 4:28 am

    Oooo I used to love eating mangoes!! But not so much anymore. Not sure why lol

  2. I’ve never tried a mango. We had a plum tree when I was growing up. Plums mean summer for me.

    • We have a plum tree which looks like it will have a bumper crop this year. It’s grafted so has 2 varieties on it (golden flesh and purple flesh). They are yummy. It’s a battle to get any for ourselves though, because the cockatoos love them as well. I turn the majority of our plums into jam for the year.

  3. Giggling Fattie

    December 1, 2020 at 8:45 am

    Haha maybe! My nanny family brought me one from Trinidad a few years ago lol it was good!

  4. I love mangoes! Not as cheap here, but I buy them willingly when in season. Interesting video! I never got the hang of cutting one properly, so went to YouTube, where I found a video that showed how you could cut it neatly by cutting off the bottom and standing the fruit up. It works for me.

    • As long as you have a way of getting the fruit off without wasting any, I don’t think it matters how you do it!

  5. I usually bottle up a few jars of mango chutney in the summer. They, at least our local kind, tend to get pithy if you don’t eat them fast enough. Mango chutney keeps them from doing that. It also goes really well with Indian food, for those vegan days when it is too hot to want heavy food.

    Peaches really speak summer to me, but summer is a long way from here; our brutal summer has finally ended and we have our first almost cold, at least for us with sand in the crack of our. axes. I spend a lot of my youth up in Georgia and peaches are a big thing there

    • I’m hoping to do a swap with some people we know…they make mango chutney, we make plum jam…mmmmmm.

      I like peaches, but I am more of a nectarine girl. Love nectarines. Although I also love grapes, cherries, strawberries and blueberries. Oh, and rockmelon and pineapple. I love summer fruits!

      (Sadly I am highly allergic to kiwi fruit – used to eat them all the time but not anymore)

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