(Cover pic ctsy: My hubby, Suhas Mukherjee)
But when a man loves, giving becomes a matter of joy to him, like the tree’s surrender of the ripe fruit. – Rabindranath Tagore.
Hello friends, greetings to you all. In my previous post I was mentioning about the mango blossom as symbol of advent of spring. In the featured photo the mango flowers are in full bloom. In the Indian sub continent, mango can be easily annointed the king of fruit. We all wait eagerly for this summer fruit all round the year.
In my maternal grand father’s home there was a large mango orchard. In the summer vacations during our childhood days, we used to visit them. Apart from non-stop fun with the cousins brothers and sisters, those juicy mangoes were the added attraction. The variety of ripe pulpy mangoes were delivered in large jute sacks. Each variety had its own distinct flavour, the taste of which I still remember after so many years, passed by.
We used to just bring them out, choosing the best one washed them and ate them whole. We used to skip breakfast and lunches, devouring the fruits as much as we could. We had enjoyed the carefree childhood to the hilt, something which today’s children are deprived of, due to present unwelcome circumstances prevailing all over the world.
Just beholding those mango blossoms generated a huge nostalgia within me and I immediately decided to share it with you. Let’s hope we get to savour surfeit of mangoes this summer. I must tell you that the young and raw mangoes are equally enticing to the taste buds. We used to peel and cut them into pieces, sprinkled rock salt and red chilly powder. Reminiscing the mouth watering jing of the tangy and spicy mangoes, left me salivating right now, though I amnot sure whether I can eat them raw, at present. My son incidentally likes to have them very much.
The raw mango chatni, a syrup made with mixing them with sugar or jaggery is another hit delicacy in my house hold. The mango pickles are another feather in the crown of the fruit king. The utility of the fruit seems to be endlees. It’s no surprise that most of the people in our part of the world are the ardent admirers of the mangoes.
Thanks for reading. Wish you all health and happiness. Stay safe.
Adieu for now.