17 Apr2005

Indian Mangoes

by Marketman

Indian Mango is how I have always known these smaller, pudgier and imang1less intensely flavored variety of mango. It is a strange name however, as all mangoes are ultimately believed to have originated in or around India and to select this common name is a bit odd given that there are hundreds if not thousands of species of mangoes all related to the original Indian Mango. Nevertheless, Indian (dot not feather) mangoes are nearing their absolute summer peak right now and they are falling off of trees in the Southern Tagalog area. A favorite summer fruit from my childhood, I could eat half a dozen of these mangoes (green) with some rock salt or shrimp paste (bagoong) and I also like them semi-ripe. Now is the time to buy several kilos at the markets and enjoy this fleeting summer fruit.

On a recent drive through Batangas, I took this photo of a bunch of at least 20 mangoes imang2on a tree just by the roadside. The tree must have had at least 1,500 fruit total and it wasn’t even that big. A nearby stand was selling the fruit at P10 a kilo and we bought 5 kilos to take to the beach. Glistening with sticky sap, the fruit were picked just hours before. Peeled and sliced, they were crisp, tart and delicious. They were terrific just plain or made into a thai style salad with a dressing of patis, chilli, some sugar and lime juice. When they are really cheap and plentiful, they also make a terrific and low cost mango chutney that will last several months in the fridge.

On the way home from the beach, we decided to stop and buy some more. imang3A 55 kilo sack of mangoes cost us PHP180!!! Or just PHP3.27 per kilo. Now that is what I call the deal of the month. What can you possibly buy that is P3.27 per kilo that tastes this good? When we got home, my daughter promptly sorted the contents of the sack, over 300 pieces into two piles: large and enviable, and medium and run-of-the-mill. She set up a table in front of our gate and proceeded to sell the mangoes for P12 and P10 per kilo. Compared to the local markets and supermarkets where they were asking P15-20 per kilo, she was priced just right. She sold over 35 kilos and made a huge profit for a couple of hours work – more than 3 weeks allowance in 3 hours! Good way to practice her math as well. We distributed the rest to friends, neighbors and anyone who liked mangoes. As these ripen, they turn sweeter but I find that they are a little too fibrous compared to the smoother Cebu mangoes. Indian mangoes are near their peak…have some before they disappear until next year!



  1. schatzli says:

    Your daughter is learning well to trade! My husband seems cant understand how we Filipinos eat mango with salt and bagoong. and you think only Filipinos? They do the same way in Seychelles. bagoong with lots of chilli.
    Glad you follow food by season, had a laugh when I saw WATERMELON this time of the year here in Oslo. From Honduras and they were selling carved melons. In Athens I buy a whole

    Apr 18, 2005 | 5:10 am


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  3. Marketman says:

    Schatzli in Indonesia they eat this with a crushed chili and bagoong mixture…excellent but super spicy!

    Apr 18, 2005 | 5:31 am

  4. IvanM says:

    I have a friend who eats green mangoes with vinegar(suka)
    and chilis which really isnt that bad for him…except have pity on his teeth! Thats enough acid to cause rust to my car! ;op

    Apr 19, 2005 | 4:03 pm

  5. kamijima chop sticks says:

    This is the right time to do some MANGO PICKLES. My sis-in-law based in L.A is crazy about this appetizer. Every now and then i made a special pickles just for her.

    May 9, 2007 | 4:37 pm

  6. dhayL says:

    Im voicing out my comment on this particular post because after looking at these photos my mouth is just watering and i am now craving for indian mangoes…I just want to share my stories growing up back home regarding mangoes and my cousins that i share it with. Normally, the eldest amongs us would do all the peeling, if our aunts/uncle are busy with other things, while the younger ones anxiously wait, but because it’s not a fair deal, whoever is doing the peeling, they would really take their time and make us wait forever. And because as a kid, i myself for instance have no patience, i would pick a mangoe that has the softest skin and with just a hint of yellowness, wash it and eat it with skin on and ofcourse we have the usual “sawsawan” – salt, patis, toyo and spicy bagoong! Oh yeah, while i was pregnant, i had cravings for green mangoes with salt and pepper!!!!!Yummy!

    Nowadays, being away from home, whenever i make kare-kare, i like to pair it with green mangoes and bagoong! But i miss the indian mangoes back home.

    May 10, 2007 | 5:58 am

  7. Mary-Ann Evangelista says:

    WoW! ang dami,nakakatakaw naman. I’ve never seen that much in a bunch. It’s nice that your kid is very business-minded na rin at an early age. When we were young, my cousins and I take advantage of our lola’s balimbing and makopa tree harvest. We would sit by the gate also and sell them like 25 cents each. Then we can have free snacks and some pocket money for gala.

    Jul 1, 2007 | 12:20 am


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