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June 07, 2007

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Awesome post! Barry Gordy was a genius for doing Last Dragon. And I'm definitely very interested now in seeing if I can find some Indian mangoes.

Sorry you didn't get the glow, but maybe you gained the ability to literally dance out of being hogtied like Leroy's little brother. I find that skill to be ten times more difficult than catching bullets with your teeth, which is especially helpful in bondage situations. Anyways, if I don't eat mangoes because they give me a severe chin rash, does that make me less of a filipino?

If you're looking for something to do with them all, you could try mangoes with sticky rice, Thai style:

http://www.realthairecipes.com/recipes/mango-with-sticky-rice/

Marvin,
Thanks for the shout out. I was gonna post a mangoes with sticky rice recipe soon too. :)

Hmm. Reading the article, and the NY Times article, made me think Indian mangoes would be incredibly amazing. I think I'll save my money. I prefer champagne mangoes myself. No fiber. But the Mexican mangoes are bolder in taste.

You mean you can't get Filipino mangoes in the US? I know we export them, but maybe just to around Asia. As you surely know, we Pinoys are extremely chauvinistic when it comes to mangoes...and rightly so! I've never seen nor eaten a mango that can even begin to compare with the best (whether Guimaras, Cebu, Zambales -- it's contentious) we have here. No wonder, then, that visiting Filipinos eat bushels of mangoes while they're here. Try to come here in the summertime when they're in season, and you'll understand why we're so damn proud of them. :-)

in india, we have several varieties of mangoes and alfonso/kesar is a very special fruit prized for its sweetness. having said that, we have so many more varieties. better ones, imo. i wouldnt buy irradiated, well travelled mangoes in the states. i love..LOVE..mangoes and part of the appeal is waiting for the season..shopping for it..picking from the endless varieties..one mango at a time. there are mangoes that are the juicer variety and then the sucking juicy variety..there is the fibrous ones and those which give themselves to be diced into perfect, solid cubes. i have a love affair with mangoes and i dont want to end it by picking up a case of unbelievably expensive irradiated fruit. enjoy the fruit..by itself.

i wrote about it here > http://afaustianbargain.blogspot.com/2007/06/mangoes.html

i hope you get your mango superpowers one day!

just bought some pakistani mangoes the closest you can get to philippine mangoes

I want I want the kalamansi tree...you will have to tell me where to get it. You're in SoCal right?

Ahhhh!! Where did you find your mangoes? I need some green mango so I can pickle it! (ohno...I'm drooling just thinking about it!)

OMG I laughed so hard! I've never even heard of this movie!! Now I MUST SEE IT in its entirety

TK,
I do think it's funny how Barry Gordy put his name in the title of the movie.

Jean-Luc,
Pop-locking out of knotted rope is a lost art. And you're not less Filipino for not eating mangoes, you're just itchy.

Real Thai Recipes,
It seems that every Southeast Asian culture has a mango and rice recipe. My mother just eats mangoes with plain white rice, that's it.

WC,
I've never had champagne mangoes. There are more types of mangoes than I had thought.

Katrina,
To my knowledge, we do not get Philippine mangoes here in the U.S. I know there are mangoes called "Manilla Mangoes" here in local stores, but those also come from Mexico. I might actually be in the Philippines next summer, so I will definitely try the native mangoes.

Faustian,
The mangoes you show on your blog look wonderful. I know there are other varieties besides Kesar here in the U.S., but the Kesar was all I could find.

Shalimar,
Pakistani mangoes? Where did you find those?

Rasa,
Check out the nursery at your local hardware store. I got my Kalamansi from OSH.

Nikki,
I found my mangoes at an Indian Grocery store in Upland. The LA times article I mentioned lists a few more stores in the LA area.

Hi Steamy,
Barry Gordy's The Last Dragon is indeed a cult classic. I own the DVD of it and have probably watched it a dozen times. If you like cheesy 80's kung fu movies, that one is for you.

Philippine mangoes are the best in the world imo. And I say that with absolutely no bias (okay, maybe some). Mexican mangoes lack the sweetness of Philippine mangoes and will sometimes taste "flat". The normal Indian mangoes are way down in the mango scale as far as I'm concerned. Philippine mangoes have the perfect balance of sweet (really sweet) and tart. My mom's family owns a mango farm in the province of Pangasinan. She used to tell us stories that when she was a child, they had so many mangoes that they stored some under her and her siblings' beds.

Philippine mangoes are the best in the world imo. And I say that with absolutely no bias (okay, maybe some). Mexican mangoes lack the sweetness of Philippine mangoes and will sometimes taste "flat". The normal Indian mangoes are way down in the mango scale as far as I'm concerned. Philippine mangoes have the perfect balance of sweet (really sweet) and tart. My mom's family owns a mango farm in the province of Pangasinan. She used to tell us stories that when she was a child, they had so many mangoes that they stored some under her and her siblings' beds.

Hello Marvin,

Thanks for the taste test. I'm in the SF bay area making a mango float dessert. My Mexican mangos are ripening in a paper bag now. They feel on the edge of ripeness, but the rich aroma of the Phil. mango is not there.

Anyway, I have seen (rarely) mangos labeled and looking like "Manila" mangos grown in Mexico in our natural food store and they were absolutely the most delicious I've had in Cal. (I'm a Fil Am. who lived in the Phils. off and on for some years.) Of course, they did not have the fresh picked from my yard taste, but close enough. Also, I have seen a kind of Mex.-looking mango grown in CA, also at my natural food store and they surprisingly tasted very sweet, smooth and non-fibrous.
www.naturalgrocery.com

Since you live in SoCal, I wonder if there are people who have tried growing mangos in their backyards? My friend grows delicious calamansi in her yard in FL. To your health!

Oh, btw, just read about your mango experiences in Ilocos. Anyway, I also found a nice chart of mango types and descriptions here:
http://www.mango.org/en/about-mangos/varieties.aspx

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