How cool is it that we have a big mango tree in our backyard? It’s very cool to us. Living in New Jersey our entire lives, mangos were the epitome of a tropical fruit. Wherever they came from, it was surely far away from New Jersey.
Miami is Tropical
You don’t need to visit South America to be in the tropics, South Florida has tropical weather. The unbearable humid and wet season runs from June to September. I haven’t lived through the rainy season yet, so this first year will be interesting. This tropical climate is perfect for fruit trees such as mango, orange and papaya.
3 Bedroom House for Rent (with Mango Tree)
When we first moved into our rental home in the Miami suburbs, our landlord told us that one of the big trees in the backyard is a mango tree. Mango is our favorite fruit, for both us, so you can imagine how exciting that sounded to us. In our minds, this was a feature that added to the house. A few months after moving into the house, baby mangos started to appear hanging from limbs. Having no idea of the fruit’s growing and ripening time, we waited patiently. 3 months later, and it’s raining mangos.
Now that the mangoes are ripening, turning shades of red and yellow, we can see that our yard isn’t that unique. From our backyard we can spot about 7 other giant mango trees.
With over 10 mangos falling a day, what can we possibly do with them? Honestly, if you have ideas, let us know. The mango tree is a time sucker, but it’s still pleasant to us. Our tree borders our neighbors yard and they receive a good share of falling mangos, but they aren’t fond of the tree. I cringe when I see 20 or so rotting mangos in their yard. When they aren’t home, we jump over the fence and try to find some that are still edible.
Mango Tree Nuisance
It may be hard to believe, but the mango tree can be a backyard nuisance. We scan the yard every chance we get looking for fallen fruit. If that mango is left more than 2 hours on the ground, sow bugs and many others will have invaded it. And if you leave them for over a day, you will have created an insect haven. Add dozens of them and your backyard becomes bug infested. This is the time consuming part, and why our neighbor hates the tree. If you aren’t out in your yard constantly picking up the fallen fruit and keeping it or discarding it, it can get nasty. Since we love the fruit, we out there a lot, and probably save about 75% of the fallen ones. The others are taken by the bugs and cats.
Aracely cuts up the mangos every day and freezes the slices for future use. I am not sure if we will have enough room in our freezer for all of them, it’s still too early to tell. The ones that are extremely ripe and soft get eaten immediately. So what’s on our list of meals so far?
- Mango smoothies
- Mango in yogurt
- Sliced mango
- Mango mousse
For dinner we will be having fish with a mango citrus salsa. I have done some research on the web and there are still plenty of more mango recipes to experiment with.
Wikipedia: Though India is the largest producer of mangoes (Pakistan being the largest exporter), it accounts for less than one percent of the international mango trade, consuming most of its own output.
Our mango tree may not be unique in Miami, but it’s still special to us.