May 5, 2009

Who doesn't love mango?

There's only one person I know who doesn't like mango. She is a friend in China who tasted a sugar-sweet Chinese mango once and decided not to have a bite after then. Too sweet for her taste. She thought all mangoes taste the same. She didn't know what she's missing! What I know, all foreigners who have been to my country love our variety of mango and that's one thing they will miss when they go home to their home countries.
Do I miss it? NO! In the country where I live now, it's the peak of mango season and we have been enjoying it as it is sweet (balanced with a bit of sourness that makes it mouth-watering!) and juicy, and very cheap, too! Now half USD per kilo!

belong to the genus Mangifera, consisting of numerous species of tropical fruiting trees in the flowering plant family Anacardiaceae. The mango is indigenous to the Indian Subcontinent and Southeast Asia.[1] Cultivated in many tropical regions and distributed widely in the world, mango is one of the most extensively exploited fruits for food, juice, flavor, fragrance and color, making it a common ingredient in new functional foods often called superfruits. Its leaves are ritually used as floral decorations at weddings and religious ceremonies. It is also the national fruit of The Philippines. (from Wikipedia)

Yes, it's true! It's one of the most extensively exploited fruits for food. I know Thai people eat it with sticky rice as a full meal. My kids love to make mango shake especially in the hot summer like now. See my little girl's tiny hand holding a glass of her favorite cold treat?

Photos by: RSM April 09

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