Friday, May 28, 2010

We have mangoes!

After a couple days of slightly more meaty posts, I figured I'd do a more, uh, fruity post today.

We have a mango tree at our house. Unfortunately, at the time we moved in last summer, it only had three tiny mangoes (three inches long--max) on it. Other mango trees around town were still going strong, so we figured we just had a bad tree. It is relatively small, and it's on a slope. Maybe it didn't get enough water? We resigned ourselves to having no mangoes.

But now, we have lots of mangoes! Not as many as the good mango trees have, but a lot more than I expected. I see breakfast! And smoothies! The Housemate has this amazing recipe from his Indonesian stepfamily for a dish called sepat that uses green mangoes (as well as grilled shrimp, eggplant, tomatoes, and candlenuts, plus lime, chili peppers of course, and lots of other yummy things--this is our favorite dish), so we even have something great to eat with the mangoes while we wait for them to ripen. Lots of free mangoes! It's wonderful.

I don't know how long the mangoes will last, but I'm ready to make the most of them while we have them. Yay!

8 comments:

Jill said...

awesome! I love fresh fruit :D

Eleni said...

Breakfast of champions :) Mango is one of my favorites. After lychee...mmm.

Heathen said...

JEALOUS

Eleni said...

My grandparents, before they moved into their retirement home, had a house with a big mango tree and also lychee, avocado, fig, strawberry guava, banana, and starfruit trees. Wish they still had that house...

Angel said...

My goodness that sounds amazing! When I eventually find my way to Hawaii one of the first things I want to do is taste honestly ripe fruit from the tree. California allows me to do that for many things but mangoes (and pineapple) aren't some of them.

Also: naming your kids after nerdy things is AWESOME and you should totally do it. :)

Eleni said...

Well, if you go out to Dole Plantation, you can have pineapples galore. Make sure you come in summer to get mangoes off the trees. And lychee!

(I think it would be ideal if it were subtle enough so that non-geeks wouldn't know. Like Kal-El might be a bit much.)

Sebastian said...

Did you know there are... thousands of mango species?

(I'm delving into the depths of my random-useless-knowledge well...)

Something like, we only really eat one variety (the Queen Mango?) because it tastes superior to the rest... but there are lots and lots and lots of other types that all taste a bit different (and look different, judging by that pic!)

Eleni said...

Wow, I didn't know there were thousands! I knew there were a few; Haden and Pirie are the two most common ones here in Hawaii. I don't know which our tree is, though. I should investigate.