Frozen mango cubes, mango slices served up at a restaurant, dried mango strips. I love mango, but admittedly I hadn’t really eaten a mango until I arrived in Jamaica.
Mango season is a big deal here. I was fortunate enough that my training was hosted in St. Thomas, the parish where the crème de la crème of the mangoes are grown. I was especially lucky to live in a yard with both Julie (my favorite) and East Indian mango trees, and flat-out enviable because I was there during mango season – fondly known as mango time (click for a great video of my friends singing the culture tune “Mango Time”)!
SO, you think you love mangoes? Here’s how to eat one like a true Jamaican – no knife required!
Step 1: Select your mango. This one is a sweet East Indian.
Step 2: Use your teeth to peel the mango.
I think you’re actually supposed to peel towards the stem, but hey, as a “Jamerican” I’ve never claimed to be an expert.
Step 3: Keep peeling the mango until you have a nice space to bite.
Is anyone else’s mouth-watering after looking at this picture?
Step 4: Bite into your mango as you would an apple!
Really get in there and e n j o y that sweet fruit!
Step 5: Eat the entire mango!! But be wary of tringy or arry (stringy or “hairy”) mango fibers…
Messy fingers are a must.
Step 7: Dash weh di pit outta bush!
The pit is now ready to degrade (or sprout!) in your compost pile or in the “bush.”
Congratulations! You are now ready to eat a mango Jamaica-style! Mango season usually starts in May and sticks around into the summer months. It’s never as long as you want it to be.