Mango Tango: The joy of mango season in Cayman

We love mangoes! In my family I am probably the least affected by the sight, smell and taste of a mango, but even I get excited at a display of mangoes at the market. I can’t imagine anyone taking full advantage of the mango season as we do.

The first time we came here, twelve years ago, we stopped at a mango stand along Seven Mile Beach. The Mango Man made a comment about eating the mango in the sea. Ever since then, my Husband wanted to eat a mango in the sea. A few years ago, on his birthday, he didn’t need a cake or a dinner out or presents. He ate a mango in the sea.

One of my favourite book titles ever is An Embarrassment of Mangoes by Ann Vanderhoof. As it turns out, the book is also very entertaining, but the title is what inspired me to give it to my husband for Christmas one year. This past week, we had an embarrassment of mangoes after a trip to our favourite fruit stand and another to the Farmer’s Market.

We seldom eat our mangoes in the sea. We usually eat them over the sink or over a plate or a paper towel. This is mango season and we are blessed with riches! There are too many varieties to recognize and mention. The mangoes we are eating are all local and somehow, the people who sell us the mangoes can tell them all apart. There is the Carrie, the Nam Doc, the Nelson, the Keitt, the Fairchild, the Springfell and the Julie. I’m not sure I’m spelling them all correctly, but I challenge you to find all of these in the supermarket in North America.

I just read in the local paper, that this is a bumper year for mangoes! This, in contrast to last year when it was a rather dismal mango season. I’m sure my husband was joking when he said we might have to find another place to live, but if this season had been similar to last, I wouldn’t count on staying here for long.

If you’ve never eaten a fresh mango,(and by fresh I mean you are in the country where it was grown), do yourself a favour and come to Cayman during mango season.

Sometimes the mango is maligned by those who think the sugar content is too high. They are a fruit, after all, and that’s what makes them so sweet. To stay away from a particular fruit because of their sugar content means giving up all the other nutrition benefits they have to offer. A single mango, according to USDA tables, is 135 Calories and provides almost a third of the Vitamin A requirement for one day and almost all your vitamin C! It also provides 4 grams of fibre and it’s delicious!

I would  venture to say that this mango season is having a very positive effect on our quality of life.

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