Sunday, November 26, 2006

Summertime, And The Living Is Mangoes

Oh my god, aren't these just the yummiest, most luscious looking mangoes you've ever seen? Last year we found a great local market gardener and visit often to stock up on things that Steve doesn't grow in his vegie patch, but in the summer we visit mainly because he ships down from the far north of WA boxes and boxes of the best mangoes we've ever eaten. So, we are very self-indulgent and buy a box of 2 dozen every fortnight. Usually about $30 a box which may well be a lot of money to spend on fruit, but hey, it works out at $1.25 per mango which is pretty good, and we all love them. Lots of sticky mess around here today - mmmmmm! :-)

8 comments:

Barbara said...

Mhhh, mangoes! Those do look yummy! And they're grown in Australia?
...just one more reason to go, I'll add it to my ever growing list. :)

Dy said...

Mangoes are big industry in the tropical north of Australia, but they do grow here in Perth as well - just not quite so prolifically. Steve and I are very excited because we've finally found a space in the back garden to plant our very own mango tree. Oh joy oh bliss! :-)

Barbara said...

Your own mango tree? Wow. :)
How long does it take then until it grows fruit? Not too long, I hope!

Dy said...

I think if we buy a tree from a garden nursery (as opposed to planting a seed) it may well grow a few fruits within a couple of years. I remember when we first planted our apricot tree we danced around excitedly when it produced our first crop of THREE apricots the following year! :-)

Barbara said...

Now imagine if you had three mangoes within a year... :)
Glad it works that fast!

Di Soupy said...

Good luck with your mango tree Dy. We had a Bowen mangoe in QLD and sadly I have yet to find any mangoes in WA that match the taste of a Bowen Mangoe. Yours look preety tempting though. We grew a couple of trees and they fruited within two years. If you have trouble with insects when they are really green wrap each mangoe in a piece of newspaper secured with a rubber band near the stem it protects them nicely until they ripen. PS they ripen welly if picked greenish and wrapped in newspaper and place in a dark cupbard for a while.

Dy said...

Thanks for the tip Di. It's interesting that the fruit will still ripen when it's covered with newspaper!

Di soupy said...

Yes it does ripen really nicely, and loves dark places.