03 May2009


Just a quick seasonal head’s up to remind you that Indian mangoes are at the height of or just slightly past their seasonal peak in the Southern Tagalog area. Great for munching on as is, making into chutney, salads, etc. And chicos seem to be trickling in, depending on what part of the country you are in, and some of the ones I have had have been spectacular. Now is the time to enjoy these seasonal fruits at the best possible prices. The more we buy local (or nearly local) and by the season, the more we encourage farmers to keep planting and maintaining these fruits. :)



  1. eej says:

    Nice shots you got there MM!

    May 3, 2009 | 6:19 am


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  3. jun b says:

    back from my Sunday walk in the market. This picture makes me drool :)

    May 3, 2009 | 9:04 am

  4. bedazzle says:

    you’re right, MM! Just got some of these from the supermarket.

    May 3, 2009 | 10:31 am

  5. chris says:

    hi mr. mm! i just came from the market here in calamba and didnt notice any chicos. i wonder though if that’s what you call the chico pineras variety. is it less grainy than the native or smaller ones? i like eating chico peeled, sliced and chilled. i saw in a blog the chico prepared as an iced dessert, cubes of it with gata and pinipig. but i havent tried it yet. nice photos, by the way.

    May 3, 2009 | 11:28 am

  6. chris says:

    i noticed konti pa lang nagpo-post… i guess everyone’s glued on their tivo’s for the pacquiao-hatton fight. go pacquiao! too bad, can’t watch it, there’s no cable this side of the boondocks :D

    May 3, 2009 | 11:30 am

  7. fried-neurons says:

    Wow! You should be a food stylist!

    May 3, 2009 | 12:01 pm

  8. GayeN says:

    Had my fill of indian mangoes fresh from the tree when I went home last week. Meanwhile, we have a chico tree that yeilds plenty of fruit year-round, we had so much chico that we’ve gotten somewhat sick of it that my mom just gives them away.

    BTW, (with your permission MM) off-topic. Just an update on the dried kamias. For those to requested for it, so sorry I wasn’t able to update you all. Things were a hectic here at home the past weeks, in addition, we had problems with pldt dsl hence I can’t get online.

    Anyway,(naku mahaba na..) I’ve already set aside some for you Marisse and Doddie. Let me know if you still want them. I’ve also some extra – roughly 4-5 cups. Email me at g.niango[at]yahoo[dot]com if anyone is interested.

    Thanks MM! =D

    May 3, 2009 | 1:43 pm

  9. Cecilia says:

    Interesting photo compositions.

    May 3, 2009 | 2:28 pm

  10. sanojmd says:

    great shots! unfortunately, those 2 fruits are not available to where i am right now..

    May 3, 2009 | 2:40 pm

  11. millet says:

    beautiful styling there, MM…that’s what some of my childhood summers were made of – mangoes, chico and endless hours playing sungka!

    May 3, 2009 | 8:01 pm

  12. marissewalangkaparis says:

    Chicos always remind me of my maternal Lola…she had a tree that was so prolific…great way to present those fruits MM!
    Thanks Gayen..will email you!!

    May 3, 2009 | 10:17 pm

  13. nina says:

    i miss tropical fruits :) i love chico ang mangoes!

    May 4, 2009 | 1:29 am

  14. Diwata08 says:

    I have a friend who has a Doctorate in Alternative Medicine. He says that the fruits that come out with the season are the fruits that will cure the ailments that are prevalent during that season. Remember the saying that goes “An apple a day keeps the doctor away”? He says that here in the Philippines… it’s “A Banana a day…” since we are in tropics. Never doubt God’s Ways…

    May 4, 2009 | 9:49 am

  15. Diwata08 says:

    Chris… you can watch the Paquiao-Hatton fight on youtube na!!!

    May 4, 2009 | 9:51 am

  16. paolo says:

    this may seem redundant but nice shots MarketMan!

    May 4, 2009 | 11:50 am

  17. tipat says:

    perfect post because i keep craving for indian mangoes althroughout my first trimester… I’m still not over it! :-)

    May 4, 2009 | 4:55 pm

  18. joey says:

    Hooray! I love chicos! I’ll make sure to buy a bunch next time I’m at the market :)

    May 4, 2009 | 11:29 pm

  19. diday says:

    Millet, my childhood summers in Cebu were occasionally spent with visiting relatives from Mindanao. The customary indoor sungka diversion dipping Indian mangoes with salt or crunchy unripe papaya with vinegar is the sort of entertainment the computer kids of today cannot relate to.

    May 5, 2009 | 12:17 pm

  20. Marketman says:

    diday, OMG, unripe papaya with suka, I haven’t had that in decades!

    May 5, 2009 | 4:49 pm

  21. diday says:

    MM, the red papaya variety is better than the yellow one.

    May 5, 2009 | 9:03 pm

  22. thelma fujimoto says:

    i was at a hotel restaurant having breakfast last week while visiting in the philippines and noticed brown fruits among those on the dessert corner. i asked the waiter what were those brown fruits (at first i thought they were potatoes…but why would they place potatoes there???), and he answered that they
    were chicos. i haven’t eaten chicos for ages so i was so excited and ate quite a few of them… delicious! a friend of mine also gaveme very red and ripe macopas. she also gave me a white variety which i haven’t seen before…also equally sweet!
    another friend gave me really ripe and the sweetest langka segments. that was another treat that i haven’t had in a long time!!!

    May 6, 2009 | 12:29 am

  23. Ariel says:

    I think chico is not a local fruit to the Philippines it must have been brought over by the spaniards. In the 80’s we went to Jamaica and ate some chicos and got me sick. It was funny
    we were like in super exclusive resort and they had a good spread of food. Here I was with my wife, just slurping on those chicos.
    Another time coming in from Canada, we had to eat bags of lanzones by the US/Canada border because we cannot bring it back to the U.S.

    May 6, 2009 | 2:26 am

  24. emsy says:

    MM have you tried juani (or is it wani?) mangoes? the ones with the heady smell that indicate that they’re ripe…we have a juani season in Zamboanga but I don’t think I have seen them here in Manila.

    Nov 20, 2009 | 9:07 am


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