Fruit grown in oneâ€™s own backyard always tastes sweeter. Maybe itâ€™s all the attention you give it. Maybe itâ€™s the mistaken perception you hold because you are too close to the source. Maybe it doesnâ€™t matter whether it really is better than farm raised, itâ€™s your own fruit, after all. One of the things greeting me as I got to the office in Cebu last week was a platter filled with these SPECTACULAR apple mangoes on my desk. I generally donâ€™t buy apple mangoes in the markets as I opt for my default carabao mangoes from Cebu or Guimaras. However, I have eaten many apple mangoes in Australia, the U.S., etc. and I like the subtle flavor difference and the nice consistency of the flesh, especially when still a little firm. However, our Office Manager, who seems to have a pretty green thumb, mentioned that these were some of the 500 fruits harvested from a 10 year old apple mango hybrid tree in her backyard, so I was truly amazed.
Now that many folks know what I do for fun (marketmanila.com), I am often given fruit, dishes, kakanins, etc. to try and itâ€™s great. Sliced up and eaten as is, the apple mangoes were excellent. No need to add some rock salt or bagoong; just great snacking, au naturel. Wait a day or two until a bit riper and they went well with the purple biko in the previous post. I suspect these are good when slightly under-ripe as wellâ€¦tart but with an apple/mango flavor. Perhaps chopped up and made into a spicy salsa or as an accompaniement for fried fish or pork. It might also make a really interesting chutney or jam. It always amazes me how many fruits a mango tree bears; 500 from this small young tree. Sometimes as many as 10,000+ fruits from a large decades old carabao mango tree!