My parents have a magical mango tree in their back yard. Just one.
Its fruit is the best I’ve ever tasted; it’s velvety, rich – almost like they put cream in it. It’s soft and tangy, just right – and fills the air with a sweet fragrance that smells almost like perfume. To me, it smells like home – and like the end of summer.
The Magical Fruit
They got it from a special tree lab decades ago, as a gift. The lab said there are only 3 trees like it in the whole country. It was created by combining two other mango tree kinds, which yielded bigger-than-average fruits with less-than-average fibers.
When it was young, the yield was low and every fruit was treated like a sacred treasure; we would carefully listen for the thud of fallen fruit outside, and then divide it evenly between everyone – my parents and two siblings. After a few years with a very small yield, we watered it more often – and suddenly it began to grow faster and faster. Now, all grown up, it yields about 500 (!!) mangos per season – but we still wait in anticipation for those first thuds and divide the first fruits between us all, plus a few more family members 🙂
We are right in the middle of the season, with a couple hundreds behind us. Now, as much as we like mangos, there is only so much we can eat ‘as is’! So even though we give away lots, we still have a full, very fragrant fridge.. So we need to get creative!
One of my favorite things to do is a simple Mango shake, that satisfies thirst in the dog days of August – and still stays true to the wonderful aroma and natural sweetness of the mangos. We take the ripe mangos and cut them to pieces, then freeze them in batches – 2 mangos per bag, then use it straight from the freezer. This way you don’t even need ice cubes!
More mango recipes to come 🙂
What you’ll need:
2 mangos, peeled cut and frozen, OR 2 mangos, peeled and cut + 1 cup ice cubes
1 cup almond milk/ regular milk
2 teaspoon fine brown sugar
- in a food processor, combine frozen mango (or mango + ice cubes) and milk. Process until smooth and divide between 4 tall glasses.
- In a small bowl, mix cayenne and brown sugar, then sprinkle mixture on top of the drink.
- Close your eyes and imagine you’re on a deserted island! 🙂