Summer mangoes


Summer in the tropics is synonymous with heat, humidity and aggravation. However, summer time is also ‘mango time’.

Every market stocks multiple varieties of mangoes. The golden beauties are piled in pyramids in wide, cane baskets.

You can smell them before you see them. Alphonso, Banganapalli, Neelam, Thothapuri, Malgova, Raspuri…so many, many varieties.

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When we were kids, my dad would stock up on mangoes every Sunday.Β  School vacation afternoons were spent with my sisters, in the backyard, eating whole, juicy mangoes with our hands. Squeezing the pulp and scraping every bit of juice and fiber from each mango.

We had yellow, sticky mustaches and palms to show for our efforts.

Tender baby mangoes were pickled, and we had these everyday with curd rice.

We could never ever have enough of this delicious fruit.Β  After marriage, I discovered that my husband’s family were mango lovers too!Β  So the saga continues.

Mangoes are one of the greatest joys of an Indian summer, especially eating them with your hands!

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22 Responses to Summer mangoes

  1. Mayur says:

    In my districs(most of my near my taluka) farmers sell mangoes so many tons in summer. Most of farmers have mangoe farm, our districs known as a ‘Kutch Kesar Mangoes’. Mango king of fruit.

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  2. Ahh Mangoes are the love of my life! You brought back beautiful memories πŸ™‚

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  3. Martian says:

    I long for it.. I don’t like these foreign mangoes.. There is no that flavour and taste which Indian mangoes have.

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    • nimi naren says:

      Yes…we have such a wide range

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      • Martian says:

        I meant they don’t taste good at all…. I have tasted from all over the world..

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      • nimi naren says:

        Yes, I know. I agree. The ones outside India do not have the same taste. What I meant was the range we have in India is great. And we are spoilt for choice πŸ˜†πŸ˜†

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      • Martian says:

        Haha exactly and most of these mangoes are hybrids. Not only mangoes but all other fruits too outside India are hybrids.. They don’t taste I get in India… Though we produce in low quantity we make a quality fruits I feel… I have tested all fruits from most part of the world..mostly the USA fruits have some quality like the Indian fruits.. Others nope..

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  4. notewords says:

    We were always told to go and drip outside when we ate mangoes! πŸ˜‰

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  5. I love mangoes! Got some this week!

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  6. 2ndhalfolife says:

    Where I moved these are grown now. So I am eating (and enjoying) these regularly now!! Yum.

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  7. My son has a mango tree in his yard in Hawaii and those devils ooze juice all down your hands and arms but boy, talk about heavenly!

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  8. mukhamani says:

    Very true:) In our village we have a variety of wild mangoes called ‘ sakkare maavu’ sugar mangoes. They are small mangoes, we have to suck them, we cannot cut them . They are heavenly:))

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