Friday, September 12, 2008

Aloha Friday

It's Aloha Friday!



Time to eat some Mango.



Mango is my favorite new fruit. I love it. I could eat mango every day!





It is mango season in Hawaii. You can buy mango all over the place. I like to stop and buy mango from a car that parks along California Avenue in Wahiawa. I also buy local mango at the Commisary or at fruit stands along the North Shore. If you are not lucky enough to live in Hawaii, you can buy mango in your local grocery store. I hope...


I don't think I ever ate fresh mango before we moved here, and I had no idea how to cut one. Luckily, my friend Myrna is a mango expert. Her mango tree gives her way too much fruit. She freezes mango for mango smoothies and mango cake. Myrna showed me how to cut a mango to get the most out of the fruit.

You have to let mango ripen, just like peaches or pears. When you are able to press the fruit in a little, like a pear or a peach, then it is ready.




Some people are very allergic to Mango. It is usually the skin that causes the irritation. So be sure to wash your mango and peal it first thing. Myrna says to peal your mango in long strips from the top down. Don't cut too deep and waste that good fruit.



A ripe mango is slippery and juicy. I usually peal and cut mangos (mangoes?) right over the sink. Once your mango is pealed, you can start slicing off the meat in long strips.



A mango has a large furry pit. You know you have reached the pit when it gets difficult to slice. I think it feels kind of icy when I am cutting close to the seed. After you have removed all of the mango from the pit, you are ready to enjoy.





Mmmmmmango!












12 comments:

Don said...

When I lived in Hawaii, we shared a mango tree with our neighbors - they had the trunk, and we had the mangoes.

I might just have to go back to the store now. You made my mouth water!

Suzanne said...

I love mangoes too! I'm sure they're much better fresh from Hawaii though!

I had no idea how to cut a mango until I asked my hubby. He worked in the produce dept. some of the time he was working at the grocery store while in school. He taught me this cool way to cut it in criss cross sections and inside it out to slice!

Have you ever had mango salsa??? It's so good! :)

Marie said...

I had never had mango until I went to Hawaii!! I had something at a restaurant and loved, loved, loved it. So yummy!

tootie said...

Looks fresh and delish! Thanks for sharing a little Hawaii love with us :)

nikko said...

Oh my gosh. I love mangoes. I think our mangoes here in TX are from Mexico. We have them year-round. So yummy.

liberal army wife said...

Mangoes - best eaten in the tub, or in the sea. drips don't matter.

LAW

Tucker and Kira said...

Do you know that I bought my firs mango about a week before we were there and I did not know what to do with it. I kept cutting and slicing and then there was this really weird center and pretty soon there was nothing left. So... I was really happy to see this very instructional blog on mangoing! Thank you!!

ps- thank you for the pictures, I got them today. And thank Nate for the shark. We all got a big kick out of it!!! ANd thank you for the scrap stickers, love them of course!

Tori :) said...

Not to put a damper on your post, but my dad's friend's 45 yr old son just had an allergic reaction to a mango and died. So, make sure you're not allergic before eating your mango.

The End

That mango looks way good...

txmommy said...

my brother is very allergic to Mango. He served his mission in Brazil where he was allergic to almost everything and where they eat mango every day. It was sad.

I, however, love them.

Haole Girl In Hawaii said...

I love mango flavor. I will have to get a mango to see if I like them. I hope I am not allergic!

Amanda said...

Mmmmmm, mango. Sounds so yummy. Of course in Hawaii it has got to taste better.

MERRIANNE said...

yummmmmy!

MANGO-LICIOUS!!!!