Mangoes (or Mangos): It is that time of year
July 19, 2016 | Richard Sites
Mango season is here in South Florida and the trees are laden with the juicy, tropical fruit right now. The trees usually produce more fruit than the owners can eat and all my friends are sharing them.
The mango is native to South Asia where it has been cultivated for thousands of years but has become one of the most widely distributed tropical fruits around the world. The massive trees can obtain heights of over 100 feet in the tropics although 30-50 feet is more common around here.
It is the national fruit of India, Pakistan, and the Philippines, and the national tree of Bangladesh. About half of the world’s mango(e)s are grown in India. The plural of mango can be spelled either with or without the “e”, like canceled or cancelled.
Widely cross pollinated, there are now countless species each with a different taste, texture and color. The edible portion is so sweet it can sometimes taste like candy. They are perfect for salads, smoothies, frozen or to make a salsa or topping for fish and chicken.
Some homeowner’s associations limit their use in the residential landscapes since they produce so much fruit that much of it ends up on the ground where it can attract rats.
If you are moving to Jupiter soon, do yourself a favor and plant a mango tree as soon as possible and enjoy the fruit every summer.