A friend sent my family and me a box each of semi-ripe mangoes. Just when we think great mangoes are past their prime and already starting to be off season. Lately we haven’t found sweet mangoes at the Asian stores, unlike last month when we enjoyed them.
It is now the start of the rainy season in the Philippines and it is best to harvest the fruits before it gets rained on otherwise they will get infected with worms which renders it inedible. They are also not as sweet like the water washed down all its sweetness.
The mangoes we buy at the Asian stores are imported from Mexico or Caribbean but they are not of the quality we are used to in the Philippines. I read that pretty soon Guimaras mangoes will be exported to the US if they are not yet in California. They are known to be the sweetest although some people might dispute that.
This variety is called “Pico” mangoes and best eaten when green with fermented shrimps (bagoong alamang) or fish sauce. But these ones are already half-ripe and are yellow-green inside. Too sweet to be eaten with salt or fish sauce. It is so juicy I had one for dessert.
These are organic mangoes, harvested from the friend’s mango tree in Florida.
Thank you Helen!