Everyday Moments (#SOL-2022)

3-05-2022

It is mango season and this year our tree gave us a lot of mangoes 😊. Our grandchildren enjoyed them. This tree was planted decades ago by the previous owners of the land. This fruit is called Bennet Alphonso.  Hybrid mangoes are tasty but the taste of wild mangoes or forest mangoes are of a class apart. The tree by the side of the road in front of our house is full of mangoes, forest mangoes. They are ripe now. People took away raw ones, they are good for pickles. The ripe ones keep falling and they are picked up without delay. My husband too picks them. We make rasam and other cooked dishes from them. They are our favourite.

On Sunday we went to our village. There are two mango trees in the front yard. My husband picked the fallen fruits. I prepared ‘aam panna’ with the juice of some and made rasam with rest of mangoes. The inner hard part is called ‘goratu’ in Kannada. The fleshy part of the fruit surrounds it.  Whole mangoes are boiled in water with salt, green chillies and jaggery. It is very refreshing in these hot and humid days.

Trees give us so much and it is tragic that we cut them in the name of development. In spite of so much destruction, the presence of so many people all around the world trying to save  trees and the environment is something to smile about. There is hope as long we have people who are doing to their best to make this world a better place.

Alphonso (mango) – Wikipedia

The Weekly Smile for the 2nd of May, 2022 #weeklysmile

By Lakshmi Bhat

I am a person who believes there is not enough darkness in the world to extinguish the light of a small candle. We live in a small place in South India. I love reading, blogging, stitching, traveling, photography, listening to people and many other things which make life so very nice and interesting. Blogging is a fun experience, it has brought me into contact with people in different parts of the world and it is good to read about their everyday life. In spite of the differences there is a sameness which is fascinating. I have learnt and am learning something everyday. I have learnt to write haikus. I enjoy combining the thought and the number of syllables. I have always read books and I was happy to write short fiction. I had thought I would not be able to do so. Stream of Consciousness and photo challenges are fun too. Yes, there is so much in life that is sad and that hurts us. Many a time I wonder why life is so unfair to so many. We all have problems in life but the problems of many seems unbearable. This makes me feel so helpless. It is not possible to help everyone but we can do our bit, we can do something to help some in whatever way we can. Due to the pandemic I could not go to the Home for the mentally challenged for two years. I had been going there since 2011. I have started going again. I was happy that some members remembered me :) All of them are an important part of my life. There have been many challenges in life and we have faced them with a positive approach. Our grandson and granddaughter have made our lives richer.

15 comments

  1. Interesting to learn new facts about mangoes. I had never heard of mangoes being boiled. Sounds like something I should try. My father used to like mango juice with crisp onions fried in ghee.

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  2. Mangoes are my favorite, and it is such a treat to find juicy ripe ones! Love that you have so many that you can make all the different things with them! At our house, we eat them with very little done to them other than peeling and cutting up!

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  3. Fresh mangoes off of the tree sounds great. I live in a place that is relatively heavily forested (well, a lot of trees if not true forests) but do see a lot of development tearing down what took so long to grow.

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  4. when I lived in South America, we had a mango/avocado man who roamed the streets with his cart, selling both fruits. I can still hear his voice in my head and the musical way he announced to the neighborhood that he had ” Aguacataaaaaaay” and “Mango bichaaaaaay”.

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  5. So many mangoes used to fall onto our driveway in Miami, get smashed under tires, then ferment in the sun—the smell not a pleasant one—that for quite some time I couldn’t eat them. Now, far away from Miami, and fermentation, and sun, I love them once again! Yummy post!

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  6. Mmm … mangoes are one of my favorite things in the world. And each time I visit a country that has varieties of mangoes I haven’t tried before (Mexico and Jamaica, for example), I am so happy to discover the new mangoes and taste the differences. You are lucky to have so many mango options! 🙂

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  7. Oh mangoes are surely the best of all fruit, I always remember mango season in India and how little they cost (but that was a long time ago now!) They taste so much better than those grown in other parts of the world, in my opinion. This is a delicious post!

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