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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

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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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« Reply #20 on: Jan 24, 2010, 05:53AM »

The first time I try Mangoes I was in San Francisco, never heared about them in the basque country... I try them after being a week there and I spent the hole month eating then non stop... I specially loved juices and some king of mexican stile "salsa" that I tried in a house in Phoenix, Arizona. I haven't try them since then... May be time to find some Mangoes here at home!
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« Reply #21 on: Jan 24, 2010, 06:12AM »

My introduction to mangoes was while traveling low-budget through the Sudan in 1982.  There were two types of food available "Foul", a fava bean stew, and THANK God:  Mangoes.  I must have eaten 200 mangoes during my two month stay.

The east Indian mangoes are less stringy and have an amazing flavor. 
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« Reply #22 on: Jan 24, 2010, 06:49AM »

I really like ful medammas.  This is a good thing.  We don't grow very good mangoes in New York.
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« Reply #23 on: Jan 30, 2010, 04:07PM »

So today I bought a Keitt mango from the grocery. They are going great guns with the different varieties this year!

Sweet but not fragrant, although it did have a stronger smell of wee than normal (according to Mrs PL).

Texture OK, but a bit slimy. Very juicy, though. I used half in a smoothie, and it was very good for that.

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« Reply #24 on: Jan 30, 2010, 08:30PM »

Yes, it is that time of the year. I have had a Bowen Special every day this week.

Unless you want to stand over the kitchen sink, you have to find a civilized way of eating mangoes. I find the best way is to slice each side of the large flat seed to obtain two fleshy cheeks. Then score the flesh in cubes but not through the skin. Turn the skin inside out and use a spoon to easily remove the cubes. Chomp on any remaining flesh from around the stone. Heaven!

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« Reply #25 on: Jan 31, 2010, 02:09AM »

Yes, I eat them the same way. Or sometimes I chop off the cubes with a knife into a bowl, and drizzle with some lime juice or passionfruit pulp.

Although I have to say, I think I enjoy slurping the bits from around the stone the best, even if you do end up with mango juice all over your face!

I read somewhere that the best way to eat mangoes is in the nude, just letting the juice go all over you. Apparently this experience is enhanced if shared with someone else.
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« Reply #26 on: Nov 21, 2011, 12:31AM »

Mango season is here again! Hurrah!

I have a luscious mango in the kitchen that I intend to devour tonight. My first of the season!


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« Reply #27 on: Nov 21, 2011, 03:24AM »

Yes indeed! Gobble-gobble, slurp-slurp. Goes to bathroom for complete scrub down of hands and face.
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« Reply #28 on: Nov 21, 2011, 11:38AM »

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 #29 on: Aug 09, 2012, 08:39PM »

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.

You're not the only one. I'm not a mango person at all but I heard that the Philippine Mangos are to die for. They both enjoy the green (tart) and orange (sweet) mangos. I never heard of any mango person (who's had Philippine mangos) say those weren't the best.
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« Reply #30 on: Aug 09, 2012, 08:55PM »

Have a mango tree in the back yard that I adore.  Lately i've been scoring some awesome mangos from Haiti.
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« Reply #31 on: Aug 09, 2012, 09:04PM »

Mango season is here again! Hurrah!

I have a luscious mango in the kitchen that I intend to devour tonight. My first of the season!


Nom nom nom.

Dude!!!!   That's just not fair.........

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And DJ,  no they don't come in a can.....Not naturally.


Screw civility!  Just eat the thing & get messy!!!  Nekkid or not!!

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« Reply #32 on: Aug 09, 2012, 09:21PM »

I've seen mangos in Japan for about $60.00 each.
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« Reply #33 on: Aug 10, 2012, 05:27AM »

Oh man I love mangos.
I can never tell how it is ripe though.
Once got a squshy one and couldn't cut it, so popped it into the blender for a smoothie!
Once got a hard one and it tasted awful.
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« Reply #34 on: Aug 10, 2012, 05:50AM »

I can't handle the skins without getting a rash, so I buy mango frozen.  And, yes, I have gotten it in a can too.  The frozen is almost as good as fresh.  The canned mango was better than I expected.  I bought it at Whole Foods, and it was packed in mango juice.  It cost too much.  I have seen canned mango at regular supermarkets too, but it was packed in syrup, which did not appeal to me.  Sometimes, I put mango in the chili.
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« Reply #35 on: Aug 10, 2012, 11:11AM »

They grow on trees around here. I can peel them, but I don't dare let a drop of the tree sap get on me!! I just made, like, 15 minutes ago, some Mango/ Datl pepper salsa to die for!!!
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« Reply #36 on: Aug 12, 2012, 03:53AM »

Just re-reading this thread and thinking of all those naked mango eaters. I don't believe this happens in Britain.... :(
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« Reply #37 on: Aug 12, 2012, 02:43PM »

One of my fondest memories of working on ships is from Mangoes.

One of my first non-musician friends, a Columbian by the name of Roque Vasquez, used to bring me mangoes because i had mentioned in passing that i loved them after trying one a few weeks before.

Best damn mangoes ever.  This was back in '95, I was 19, and I was learning about the world through its food.  I buy them regularly now, but they don't taste the same around here.
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« Reply #38 on: Aug 13, 2012, 02:42AM »

This thread keeps re-emerging..!

It's not mango season here, as it's winter. You can buy imported Mexican mangoes, but I don't. The Aussie ones will start re-appearing around November.
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« Reply #39 on: Aug 14, 2012, 06:40AM »

This thread keeps re-emerging..!
That's because mangoes are good.  They have universal appeal, like bacon and chocolate.  I'm getting an idea for chocolate mango bacon chili.
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« Reply #40 on: Aug 14, 2012, 06:45AM »

We can only get one type of mango around here.  I think that they come from Brazil.  They are large and have green and red skin, and the fruit is orange.
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« Reply #41 on: Aug 22, 2012, 06:00AM »

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« Reply #42 on: Dec 18, 2012, 05:15PM »

It's that time of the year again in Australia. Calypso mangoes are now selling as low as a dollar apiece. Slurp, slurp, slurp!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=p2nZwQzPRC0

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« Reply #43 on: Dec 18, 2012, 08:32PM »

I've been buying frozen mangoes for smoothies. They do the job while I save the good fresh mangoes for eating!
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« Reply #44 on: Dec 19, 2012, 12:33AM »

It's that time of the year again in Australia. Calypso mangoes are now selling as low as a dollar apiece. Slurp, slurp, slurp!

Mmmmmmm. Mango season!

I now have to share my mangoes with two little girls. Or eat them after they've gone to bed...
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« Reply #46 on: Dec 19, 2012, 09:28AM »

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« Reply #47 on: Dec 19, 2012, 11:47AM »

Seriously - it ain't a smoothie without mango!

I really like the frozen for this purpose - much easier, cleaner, etc...
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Back in the '70s I had a navy friend who was a hillbilly from Ohio who said that the vegetable that his folks called mangoes is what the rest of us know as bell peppers. Has anyone else ever heard of that?
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« Reply #49 on: Aug 31, 2013, 08:59AM »

Ohio has hillbillies?  :D
One more thing about which I can diss Ohio besides the Buckeyes.
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« Reply #50 on: Aug 31, 2013, 08:51PM »

Back in the '70s I had a navy friend who was a hillbilly from Ohio who said that the vegetable that his folks called mangoes is what the rest of us know as bell peppers. Has anyone else ever heard of that?

I Googled "Do hillbillies call bell peppers mangoes?" and it looks like they do Clever

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« Reply #51 on: Nov 28, 2013, 12:13AM »

Mango season is here again! I had my first one yesterday. Not a classic, but it's still a little early. They will only get better!!

yum yum. Mangoes.  Pant
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« Reply #52 on: Nov 28, 2013, 12:46AM »

 Good!
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« Reply #53 on: Oct 20, 2015, 09:43PM »

Mangoes are back!

Had my first one of the season. Superb, even though it's a little early in the season.

With help from two not-so-little girls, it was gone in seconds...
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« Reply #54 on: Oct 20, 2015, 11:59PM »

Do you ever get the feeling we've been there before? :D

Also two new mango varieties, known as Lady Jane and Lady Grace, are about to go into commercial production in the Northern Territory. Can't wait to get a taste of those. However, I fear Aussie mango producers are looking more and more at export markets and that is going to raise local prices. :cry:
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« Reply #55 on: Oct 21, 2015, 02:47PM »

Damn it: Aussie mangoes for Aussie tables!
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« Reply #56 on: Oct 21, 2015, 03:01PM »

We had the same thing in the US when the Japanese developed a particular hankering for black cherries, prices went through the roof for a couple years.
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