Friday, July 20, 2012

The King of Fruit


Ah yes, everyone has their own King of Fruits, but for us it is the Mango :-)

The original home of the Mango is India where it had been cultivated for at least 4000 years. And boy, are we happy to be able to grow a Mango tree in our back yard here in Florida!





Mangos are of course healthy, like all fruits, with low calories and high fiber, lots of vitamins and minerals such as vitamin A and potassium, but no other fruit is so delicious.

The wonderful perfume of a ripe Mango and the juicy sweet Mango meat is simply divine.  Desserts hanging on a tree just waiting to be picked and enjoyed.



The ideal climate for Mango trees is dry winters without freezes and summers with lots of rain so Florida is perfect for Mango trees. There are several different varieties that grow well in Florida, we prefer 'Carrie'.

'Carrie' is a natural small growing tree, ideal for the small suburban gardens. Its fruit is nearly fiber-less, buttery and very juicy with a hint of spicy-ness.





Read all about growing  Mangos in Florida

Visit FruitScapes Video blog for the different Mangos' descriptions




Mango in the Kitchen

We simply eat them fresh from the tree, and I also cube some and freeze for later. I make Mango liqueur, different Mango jams and Mango chutney.


Here's my favorite recipe for Mango-Rum jam


6 cups peeled, chopped firm-ripe Mangos

6 tablespoons strained fresh Lime juice  (plus some lime zest)

2 cups firmly packed light brown sugar

3/4 cup dark rum, preferably Jamaican (divided)

2 cups granulated sugar


  • Prepare 6 half-pint jars

  • Combine the Mangos with the brown sugar, lime juice and about half of the rum in a large pot and stir the mixture well.  Cover and refrigerate overnight.

  • Pour the fruit mixture into large, heavy-bottomed pot and bring to a boil over medium-high heat.

  • Cover the pan, reduce the heat and simmer until the fruit chunks start turning translucent, 15 to 20 minutes, stirring several times. If the jam becomes too thick before the fruit clarifies, add 2 or 3 tablespoons water.

  • Add the granulated sugar and cook the jam rapidly over medium-high heat, stirring  constantly, until a spoonful placed on a chilled saucer and refrigerated for a few moments wrinkles when the saucer is tilted sharply. (Remove the pot from the heat while testing.) Stir in the remaining rum and cook the jam for 2 minutes, stirring.

  • Ladle the boiling-hot jam into jars, leaving 1/4-inch head-space. Invert – since this is a high-acid recipe or hot water bath.


Enjoy! :-)



5 comments:

  1. ist ja eine sagenhafte Ernte
    ich esse in Gedanken mit

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  2. My tiny mango froze....have you seen the way the mexicans cut these in half and then turn them insideout to make a cool grid?

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  3. habe heute schon fuer die Mango-Rum Marmelade angesetzt. muss ueber Nacht ziehen :)

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  4. I am sorry your Mango tree froze :( Maybe you want to get another one? then cover it when a freeze is in the forecast.
    Yes, I know about cutting it that way, but for me it is just as easy to cut the peel off the halves, goes faster for me ;-)

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  5. We have a pretty similar climate to you from the sounds of things - just opposite times of the year. I love mangos and can't wait for our season to start (around Christmas time). I'll definitely give your recipe a try. Thanks.

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