Mango, Tango – no Rain, Though

It is Mango season here in South Florida and eventually someone with a tree finds me, to my giddy delight. One of my neighbors is a Chef and has a tree. We have discussed what kind it is – he thinks a Haden – I think it might be a type locals call Peach Mango, it has the slightest aftertaste of peach. Whatever it is, it’s peachy  Maybe that is a Haden anyway. The locals call one of these a Strawberry Mango..

Here is a bowl of Mangoes from a guy down the street:

Assorted Mangoes

Assorted Mangoes

This included the Strawberry and Peach Mangoes – Peach I could tell, Strawberry not so much, although one had a redder colored interior. All were good and I devoured them, my husband had a bite, maybe two.

Chef Mangoes

Chef Mangoes              

These are the Mangoes from the Chef, Peach, maybe..Haden variety. Divine, yes, after all the other Mangoes were devoured, I made Granita from two and a half of these. Granita is made by taking 3 and 1/2  cups chopped Mango, simple syrup made from raw Hawaiian Cane Sugar and the juice of one lime – put this in a blender, blend until smooth, then put it in the freezer in a shallow container and stir every half hour or so until the mixture is slushy. I keep mine in a Ziploc bag in the freezer and mush it up as I eat it.

Even the scraps for the compost heap were pretty:

Compost

Compost

It hasn’t rained here since June 30. Things were getting pretty dry and then our well (Irrigation water comes from a well) motor just died, on Saturday morning, of course. Murphy’s Law for gardeners at work here in South Florida. The well repair people aren’t bothered much if you have city water. So, they showed up Tuesday and took the motor away – we found not having water at all doesn’t bother these people much either. So, I have been running around with a pitcher, watering things. Ugh, I am however hearing thunder in the distance..

Think I will just have a little of that Mango Granita, the Chef says it is good with Rum..

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8 comments on “Mango, Tango – no Rain, Though

  1. Chloris says:

    How fantastic having fresh mangoes. The granita with rum sounds divine, I wish I could pop over and join you for some of that.I would enjoy sitting in your garden in the sun with all your exotic plants with a mango granite and rum.

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  2. It is divine, I am starting a new garden under my huge Strangler Fig – come by later!

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  3. mattb325 says:

    Ooooo..a mango & granita rum party! It looks very tasty 🙂

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  4. Yes, you and Chloris are invited for drinks! under the Strangler Fig!

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  5. At first glance, I thought your compost was fruit salad. I need to check if mangos can grow here. We get freezes and colder winters. Sorry about your rain. Ours has stopped also, as we have a big high pressure over us, but our 5 year drought is officially over…for now.

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  6. I think Mangoes are Zone 10 and don’t tolerate freezing. They are a relatively common shade tree around here.
    Probably my prettiest compost arrangement!
    It finally rained last night after weeks of teasing us with dark clouds and thunder, today has the same forecast – fingers crossed.

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  7. I love mangoes. In Jamaica, my favourites were the East Indian mango and the St. Julian. (‘Julie’) But the small ‘common’ mangoes that grew everywhere were also very sweet. We’d get mango ‘hair’ in our teeth!

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