Marvellous Mango

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We have a small mango tree which we planted about 4 years ago.  This is the first year that it has fruited and I am not sure whether it is due to maturity or simply the unusually warm, dry summer that we experienced up until the middle of January.

The tree is an R2E2 variety which is grown commercially here in Australia and has large fruit but the fruit we have picked are as large as any I have seen.

2013-03-06 01Regardless of the reason, we have enjoyed the half a dozen large fruit.

2013-03-06 02The flesh is smooth and firm with a fairly thin skin which is able to be peeled with a knife.This is one cheek or side of the mango.

2013-03-06 03Here is the cheek diced and ready to pack in my lunch.  The remaining portion is covered in the fridge and will be used over the next couple of days.

Mango harvests are subject to seasonal variations so I will have to wait and see whether this season has been a “one-off” or whether we will enjoy home-grown mangoes each year.

I love eating seasonal produce, particularly those things with a relatively short season.  Half of the joy is in the anticipation.