It’s Mango time in South Florida. Our little tree won’t be yielding for a few years. But there are lots of Mango trees in South Florida.
Since late spring, their dangling fruits have promised an abundant and tasty harvest. That’s not always a given as their winter blooms are susceptible to South Florida’s damp winters and infrequent cold blast.
Mangoes come in many different varieties, each with it’s own aroma, taste and texture. It’s fun just to taste as many different kinds as possible.
And in the heat of summer, they are great frozen whole. And eaten like sherbet.
The grocery stores carry a few Mango varieties. But to find a wide assortment, it’s necessary to visit the local farmers, fruit stands and tropical fruit nurseries. Many varieties are just too delicate to ship, or ripen too fast.
And that’s an interesting experience all by itself. Because other tropical fruit, not in the grocery stories, are also available. You just never know what you’ll find. And freshly picked, tree ripened fruit is the best it can be.
This time around we found:
- 18 different kinds of Mangoes
- and some other unfamiliar Asian fruits
My wife is giddy over the Sapodilla, a childhood favorite. It’s sweet, with a texture like a well ripen pear. The flavor is a unique combination of smokey, brown sugar, vanilla tones, with its own subtle Sapodilla taste.