CPH has about 5 huge mango trees here and they are dripping with fruit!, but unfortunately this year they will not ripen (not sure why) which is very unfortunate since mango in my opinion are ‘fruit of the gods’, they are so delicious!
The frustrating thing for me is that I am super allergic to mango sap or the skin of the mango. I can eat the fruit by the handful, but give me one fresh from the tree (or even one in the supermarket) and I get this rash starting up my arms. I first found this out when I lived in
and was covered in a rash one day. I thought I had poison ivy or oak, but since there was none of that on the island, the dr. said it was probably mango’s as it has the same reaction in people as a poisonous leaf. I got it time and again in Hawaii until medication wouldn’t cure it and I had to get a shot to rid it from my body. I shied away from mango’s after that and once back in the continental US, instead of mango sap, I suffered through the poison oak my dog, Mattie, would bring me each time we went on a hike –sort of like a special reminder of our fun day together. Hawaii
I really don’t mind that I’m allergic as actually getting the fruit from a mango is not so easy. The skin isn’t always easy to peel off and the fruit sticks to the large seed inside. In DC, there was a woman selling ziplock baggies full of cold sliced mango on the corner near where I lived. She charged around 2.00 for a bag and it was worth every cent on a blazing hot day. Once my friend questioned the price and I said “Just pay it! Do you know how much work that women went through?” I didn’t tell her that some days, I would slip the woman a $5 bill slurring out ‘keep the change’ as my mouth watered and my eyes glazed over at the beautiful orange mango flesh.