The best way to eat a ripened mango is to lean over the kitchen sink, plant your elbows firmly in place, make a small opening at the top, peel back the smooth, soft skin with your teeth, and then bite into the sweet, scrumptious, luscious, velvety flesh of the mango.
As the sweetness of this fruit begins to satisfy you, you may forget all the lessons your mama taught you about eating politely and might find yourself licking the juices that ran down your forearm and sucking the fibers on the mango pit until it’s dry. If this happens to you, then you know that you have most certainly entered into mango paradise. If you haven’t eaten a mango in this fashion, then you haven’t truly enjoyed a mango. Of course, I am the queen of opinions with this King of Fruits.
It is said that the mango was first grown in India over 4, 000 years ago. You can now find hundreds of varieties of mango trees in tropical and subtropical countries around the world. This fruit is rich in vitamins A and C. It is also high in potassium and fiber.
Mangoes are best if you leave them to ripen on the tree, however you can still enjoy the deliciousness if you pick them when they are full (beginning to ripen) and leave them out at room temperature or enclose them in a brown paper bag.
I’ve been enjoying mangoes for decades – I grew up with mango trees in South America and when I moved to Miami, I felt right at home. Mangoes are in full bloom in June in Miami; ’tis the season of mango madness for me! It is my favorite fruit and I just go crazy with all the mouth-watering mangoes that come into our home.
What is your favorite fruit? I’d love to hear about it.
Ah, some music just floated to my ears – the thump of my neighbor’s mango falling in my backyard. It must be time to head to the kitchen sink!