It’s Mango Season!

Mangoes do very well in Panama, and many of the trees are huge and very old. Not only are they beautiful trees, they give wonderful fruit. I always look forward to mango season! There are many types, some earlier, some later, some bigger, smaller, different flavors and colors, but they are all so good. One side benefit of biking around is finding various spots good for picking up mangoes.

The Marañón or cashew apples are very interesting and I have written about them before. They are soft and delicate so they don’t travel well or make it to stores. You have to find a tree. To me, the smell and taste is very unusual but I have come to really like it. It’s hard to describe, maybe something like an exotic, musty pear?

But, we are supposed to be talking about mangoes, so on to my other favorite spot.

Last year I ate a lot of the big colorful mangoes and tossed the pits in the compost pile. This year I have two small trees! Maybe in time they will start producing mangoes in this yard.

Mangoes here are kind of like citrus in Florida. When the fruit is in season it’s everywhere, almost to the point of becoming a nuisance if you have lots of fruit dropping in your yard. But it’s fun for me to find mangoes, and I always keep bags on my bike just for lucky finds like these. I already have two gallon size freezer bags full of frozen mangoes though, so I’d better not bring home more than I can eat!

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About Kris Cunningham

We live in David, Chiriqui Provence, Republic of Panama! This blog is about some of our experiences in our new country.
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6 Responses to It’s Mango Season!

  1. Yes, I really love mangoes

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  2. schuttzie says:

    Those trees are huge! I love mangoes too and was able to pick them from a tree in the backyard of a place we stayed in Puerto Rico 🙂 YUM!

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  3. mcmoller says:

    I can relate to mangos almost being a nuisance. Every morning now I collect at least 2 dozen mangos from my one mango tree. I have cut up and frozen about 150 cups and probably given away about 15 dozen mangos to friends and neighbors, although they could probably get them from many other trees in the pueblo. And the mangos keep on coming. But they are “muy rico” and juicy-always have been my favorite fruit. And they are free! This one tree supplies us with enough mangos for the whole year, so I am happy with the temporary “nuisance”.

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