For the Love of a Mango, and how to cut one the French way

It only seems appropriate that I would write a poem about mangos.

Every day, I go out, for a “mango Check” to see if any have dropped from the trees.  They are all too high too reach this far in the season, even with a tall mango picker.

I have to get them before the birds do.

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There are many native birds here that love mangoes as much as I do, I’m afraid.

My grandson and I have agreed to leave some out for the birds to clean up.

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For the Love of Mangos                                 by Lorna Erickson

mangos, mangos falling from the trees

Swaying, swaying in the tropical breeze

Honey flavored juices

calling out to meet

Communing with the elements

savoring the sweet

Singing a story of ancient lullabies

Sharing a meal with fine feathered friends

Enough to go around

shading and protecting

Mangos, mangos a Heavenly delight!

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I was in the Virgin Island of Tortola, when I first learned the French way to cut a mango.

I was visiting my ex-boyfriend there.

It’s a long story, and kind of a sad tale, but also very romantic.

He cut the mango for me the way that I will show you.  He called it the “French cut” and we ate the single squares of mango right from the skin, juices running all down our chins.

It was lovely!

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How to French Cut a Mango

  1. First you will want to find the dimple.  Every mango has one. IMG_3967
  2. Turning the dimple to the side and facing the widest part of the mango you will center your knife at the top, and slice straight down. ( this avoids cutting into the seed)
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    dimple is on the side

    Each half will be all flesh, no seed.  Make criss cross cuts forming small squares., cutting all the way through and stopping before you cut through the skin. IMG_3969

  3. After cuts are made, you can flip the skin to push the squares outward.  IMG_3976
  4. You can eat it right from the skin at this point, or slice off the squares into a bowl.
  5. The middle is all that remains with the seed intact.  You can trim off the skin, and eat or cut around the seed.  IMG_3977
  6. I usually hold it over the sink as it is really juicy. IMG_3979
  7. You can eat it alone, in a smoothie, or with your favorite fruits and yogurts.  Salsas, chutneys, and jams are another option.

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    Banana, Mango, Blueberries, Maple yogurt and Cinnamon
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    Fresh Mango

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  9. Last Years Mango and Banana Harvest

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Lorna

How many of us long for our own comfy cottage in the woods? I know I do! We can make our own comfy cottage, right here, right now, no matter where we live. I'm a mother of two, grandmother of two boys, interior designer who thinks out-of-the-box, up cycler, and interested in just about anything related to living comfortably and finding contentment, connecting with the Great Spirit in the natural world and respect for all beings who walk the earth.

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