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!