Appetizers and Side dishes — By Ben on 31 July 2009
Healhty Summer Treats

Mango

Mexican street food is probably the most popular food inside and outside the country. In the U.S. most people associate Mexican food with this popular and somehow unhealthy food. But Mexican street food is not complete without the delicious fruit sold along their less healthy counterparts. Yes, our street food is not the healthiest, but I am sure the mass consumption of fresh fruit and vegetables in carts, street booths and markets balances things out (or at least that’s what I want to believe).

Jon always likes to point out that Mexicans love chile in all their food, even on fruit, because he was very impressed when he witnessed people on the street eating mangoes, watermelon, jicama and other fruits and salads sprinkled with chili powder, salt and lime. I agree it is a weird custom if you are not familiar with it. But once you try it, I am sure you are going to like it.

Like I’ve mentioned many times before, my favorite fruit ever is Manila mangoes. Those little guys are so sweet and meaty that my family (mostly my mom and I) used to eat about 40 pounds a week every summer. No, I am not making this up. My dad would buy a big case of them at the market when he was shopping for the restaurant. After lunch, my mom and I would sit in front of the TV with a big bowl of mangoes, an empty bowl for the discarded peels and seeds and indulge until we couldn’t move. It was a little bit of an excess, but we never regretted it, at least it was the good kind of sweets.

Mango with chilli and lime

Things have changed and even though I still love mangoes, I don’t eat them as much as I would like. Here in Ohio is very hard to find Manila mangoes and the stores that carry them sell them for exorbitant prices. But when I find them at a reasonable price I like to enjoy them like I did in my childhood. I sit in front of them and talk to them. They look back and say: “Eat us, we are very sweet and tasty and you can’t resist us”. That’s exactly what they were saying when I was taking their pictures today. I couldn’t get the shot I was looking for (for some reason these shots don’t look right to me), but at the end their wishes were fulfilled. They died making me happy.

Mango

¡Buen provecho!

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grew up around food. His family owned a restaurant in Mexico City and he spent a big deal of his childhood helping and learning after school the art of creating delicious dishes from simple ingredients. He created this blog to share his kitchen adventures with the world.

(25) Readers Comments

  1. Looks like your mango shots turned out great. I love the lime one!!

  2. The one with lime is the BEST! Perfect!

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  3. Those are pretty mangos! We’re lucky to get a couple of varieties of mangos here in Austin. I’ve actually never tried it with chili powder, but now I want to.

  4. I love the look of the first page. You amaze me more and more with your pictures. Such an inspiration.

  5. Mangoes are delicious and I totally agree with you there. In Thailand, they eat fruit in a similar fashion from the many street stalls. They sometimes add sugar too to round up the whole taste sensation! I love the squeezed lime shot Ben! Beautiful!

  6. So beautiful! I love it! :)

  7. Oh… my. That’s beautiful!

  8. Hey Ben, this is what I loved about living in Russia, too. Where I lived there would be similar snack foods at the farmers market – they were just lovely. Your photos made my mouth water.

  9. Beautiful pictures of delicious mangoes! I hope to find Manila mangoes soon, would love to try them!

  10. I so agree with you. There’s nothing quite as sweet as Asian mangoes (especially if you can be there during the season to eat them!)
    And yes, we do eat them sprinkled with chilli powder and salt, especially the unripe sour ones. And the best part, as children, was to suck the sweet juice and pulp straight off the mango. Very messy but heavenly. :)

    Your pictures do look good, especially the second one. I’ve never seen mangoes cut this way, like pine cones.
    Since you’re unhappy with them, maybe you could try a different composition with the first one, and maybe a little less chilli powder on the mango in the second one – you know, show a contarst btw orange and red? I’m not an expert and these are just my suggestions. :)

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