Here in Cayman, our passion for mangos is no secret. Now that summer has officially arrived, Mango Season ‚Äúsoon come‚ÄĚ too. But that craving for our favorite fruit starts long before the first ripe Carries send us into a frenzy. The half-ripe green mango is as tempting to many as those luscious blushing Julies of July. The urge to snatch and nibble green mangos appears as soon as we‚Äôre old enough to reach them, and something many of us never outgrow.
Ever since Ivan blew away most of Grand Cayman‚Äôs mango trees in September 2004, we‚Äôve suffered from Mango Madness, a condition caused by a long spell of deprivation and nagging envy of neighbors with bearing trees. I feel a little guilty that for years before Ivan I took for granted the bounty of mangos that lasted from late June through September, happily inventing recipes, from mango gelatin creams to cobblers and cakes because we had so many.
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