I have mentioned many times before that mangoes are my favorite fruit. When I was a kid my dad used to buy a 40-lb crate of manila mangoes a week that was devoured mostly by my mom and I. Yes, it sounds crazy, but when you try a ripe-in-the-tree, never-frozen, manila mango you won’t be able to stop eating them.
For the next couple of weeks mangoes will be the featured ingredient on What’s Cooking, Mexico? Mango is not a Mexican ingredient. It originated in India. However, it has become a very important part of our diet in Mexico.
Starting in mid-spring, they’re available at the markets, tianguises, supermarkets, fresh fruit and smoothie stands, beaches, boats on the canals of Xochimilco, and just about everywhere. Mexico is one of the top mango producers in the world and many of the varieties cultivated here are exported to the U.S. and other countries.