First it was the figs that I dried, then the corn being blanched and frozen. Today’s glut is mangoes.
We have 2 mango trees, one large one that is about 20 years old and does not fruit. I have no idea why there are no fruit and I am not sure how long we will maintain a non-productive fruit tree when the space could be better utilised. The other tree was planted about 3 years ago and has produced a few mangoes last year and this year there are 2 that have reached mature size so we are waiting for them to ripen. So the glut is not from our own trees.
As we were going out on Sunday I noticed several mangoes lying on the driveway of a property not far from us. I knew that the was a mango tree in the front yard but I can honestly say that I had never noticed fruit on in previous years. Since the owners are not permanent residents I contacted them to see if I could collect any fallen fruit. With a positive response to my enquiry I headed off to pick up the fruit this morning.
I discovered that there are actually 3 mango trees and there was an abundance of fruit on the ground. 2 supermarket bags were filled with rotten and decaying fruit which I took home and put in the compost. The usable fruit filled 5 calico bags!
Some of the fruit were very ripe and others were partly damaged so it as important to salvage what I could before they deteriorated any further. I decided the quickest and easiest solution was to puree the pulp and freeze it. Remember, that I had picked the fruit before 6am and I still had to go to work.
Of course, there are still dozens on the trees.
I am really glad that I made the effort to contact the owner of the property as it would have been a shame to see all of this fruit go to waste.
How would you use the mango puree?