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« on: Nov 27, 2007, 01:18AM »

Mango season is here! Hurrah, I love mangoes.

There are generally two varieties available here; Kensington and R2D2*. The Kensington are considered by many to be the finer, but I actually prefer the R2D2 variety - I think they have a more interesting flavour, and are slightly less sweet.

I just had a sensational dessert. Some sliced ripe mango, with a little lime juice squeezed over, a dollop of good natural yoghurt, finished with a drizzle of passion fruit pulp. Oh, and a small mint sprig to garnish. So simple, but so sensational. You could charge $12 for that in a restaurant. And I'd pay it.

Funnily enough, Mrs PL doesn't like mangoes much. She thinks they smell of wee.


* they're not actually called R2D2, just some other combination of letters and numbers I can never remember.
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« Reply #1 on: Nov 27, 2007, 02:00AM »


Well, they do smell of turpentine (but I love the smell of turpentine).

I adore mangos. When I was growing up in Zambia we used to grow them in our garden (as well as passion fruit, guava, cape gooseberries...).

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« Reply #2 on: Nov 27, 2007, 05:41AM »

Mango season is here! Hurrah, I love mangoes.

There are generally two varieties available here; Kensington and R2D2*. The Kensington are considered by many to be the finer, but I actually prefer the R2D2 variety - I think they have a more interesting flavour, and are slightly less sweet.

* they're not actually called R2D2, just some other combination of letters and numbers I can never remember.

Tut, tut. What about Bowen mangoes, the iconic Queensland variety. Good! Good! Good!

I am also very passionate about mangoes - slurp, slurp. Pant

http://www.splash.net.au/mangos/

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« Reply #3 on: Nov 27, 2007, 08:22AM »

When my grandparents lived in Coral Gables, FL they had a mango tree in the yard.  Every summer we'd get a "care package" with a few mangoes.  My mother and I both loved them.  My father was allergic and couldn't eat them, while my wife never liked the texture (too slimy).  I don't remember them smelling of turpentine or cat pee, though.
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« Reply #4 on: Nov 27, 2007, 09:22AM »

This thread reminds me of when I was in the navy 30 years ago.  We spend quite a bit of time in the Philippines.  Somehow mangos just don't taste the same here in the middle of the states.  Funny how my strongest memories are about the intense (and heavenly) flavor of ripe mangos.
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« Reply #5 on: Nov 27, 2007, 11:53AM »

Same with pineapples.
You try some fresh off the farm in Hawaii and they taste TOTALLY different than the ones imported to the states.

Sweet but without a bitter aftertaste.

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« Reply #6 on: Nov 27, 2007, 12:18PM »

Tut, tut. What about Bowen mangoes, the iconic Queensland variety. Good! Good! Good!

I am also very passionate about mangoes - slurp, slurp. Pant


Bowen mangoes, eh? I'll look out for 'em. Maybe they don't get as far as NSW!

I read somewhere that the best way to eat a mango was in the nude...  :/
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« Reply #7 on: Nov 27, 2007, 12:43PM »

Bowen mangoes, eh? I'll look out for 'em. Maybe they don't get as far as NSW!

I read somewhere that the best way to eat a mango was in the nude...  :/

Only when your partner is similarly clad.  They are supposed to be aphrodisiacs.

Hey, wait a minute, what ISN'T an aphrodisiac (apart from appalling B.O.)?
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« Reply #8 on: Nov 27, 2007, 05:03PM »

Don't get Mangos much down here, they're really expensive. I think they're great in Smoothies though :D
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« Reply #9 on: Nov 27, 2007, 06:14PM »

It's too dry for mangoes where you are, Gemma.  Mangoes like hot, wet weather.
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« Reply #10 on: Dec 05, 2008, 02:44PM »

I'm excited because it's mango season again, but to save us all some time I thought I'd just resurrect this thread so you can skim it and move on...
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« Reply #11 on: Dec 05, 2008, 03:01PM »

** Moving on **  Evil

Seems it's never out of Mango season here.  If they aren't being flown in from Florida they are being flown in from Australia ;-)
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« Reply #12 on: Dec 07, 2008, 02:35AM »

I dont think I have ever had mango fresh from the mango here at home. They are very expencive and there are only a few in the supermarkets.

But over in Queensland on the other hand they are much more common. And the pineapples have there green tops on. For some reason the pineapples we get here have to have there tops removed before they get to the shelf.
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« Reply #13 on: Dec 07, 2008, 03:56AM »

My wife loves mangos. I like their flavor quite a bit bit but, like Bruce's wife, find the texture not as much to my liking. I can tolerate a few bites, but then I am done.

However, I have found that when they are chopped up small and mixed with other things, I really like mangoes in relishes, chutnies, salsas, etc. Pant
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« Reply #14 on: Dec 07, 2008, 08:56AM »

I make jasmine rice with coconut milk rather than water and put sliced mango over it. Rich and delicious.
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« Reply #15 on: Dec 13, 2008, 09:09PM »

Just had a daiquari made with fresh mango!
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« Reply #16 on: Dec 15, 2008, 08:19AM »


Seems it's never out of Mango season here.  If they aren't being flown in from Florida they are being flown in from Australia ;-)



That depends on which kind of mangoes you want to eat.


The Alphonso Indian Mango, arguably the finest mango in the world, has an extremely short season of about two and a half months between March and May.

They are available in the US, but still very hard to find because this will be only the 3rd year since the lift if a US-India trade ban that kept these delicious mangoes from our shore.

Despite India producing 4x more mangoes than any other country, in the US, 8 Alphonso Mangoes still go for about $35.....

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« Reply #17 on: Dec 15, 2008, 08:43AM »

Some mango facts,  a few little surprises.

http://www.crfg.org/pubs/ff/mango.html


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« Reply #18 on: Jan 23, 2010, 09:04PM »

I found new type of mango at the grocery.

It's called a 'honeygold', and as a fairly new variety.

I have to say, I'm a fan. Perhaps not as perfumed as, say, a Kensington, but it has a nice, slightly tart flavour, and superb texture. Yum.

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« Reply #19 on: Jan 24, 2010, 05:33AM »

I love mangoes, and can eat them with no problem, but one drop of the sap from the tree and I swell up like a bullfrog. We had a mango tree in the backyard when we lived in Miami. Often I would break out in a rash similar to poison ivy after mowing the yard. Finally realized it was from brushing up against the mango tree. It is a relative of poison ivy, to which I am severely sensitive.

I made a mango liquer using dark rum, cinnamon, vanilla beans and mangoes. It was amazing.
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