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Healhty Summer Treats

Posted Jul 31 2009 6:17pm

Mango

Mexican street food is probably the most popular food inside and outside the country. In the U.S. most people associate Mexican food with this popular and somehow unhealthy food. But Mexican street food is not complete without the delicious fruit sold along their less healthy counterparts. Yes, our street food is not the healthiest, but I am sure the mass consumption of fresh fruit and vegetables in carts, street booths and markets balances things out (or at least that’s what I want to believe).

Jon always likes to point out that Mexicans love chile in all their food, even on fruit, because he was very impressed when he witnessed people on the street eating mangoes, watermelon, jicama and other fruits and salads sprinkled with chili powder, salt and lime. I agree it is a weird custom if you are not familiar with it. But once you try it, I am sure you are going to like it.

Like I’ve mentioned many times before, my favorite fruit ever is Manila mangoes. Those little guys are so sweet and meaty that my family (mostly my mom and I) used to eat about 40 pounds a week every summer. No, I am not making this up. My dad would buy a big case of them at the market when he was shopping for the restaurant. After lunch, my mom and I would sit in front of the TV with a big bowl of mangoes, an empty bowl for the discarded peels and seeds and indulge until we couldn’t move. It was a little bit of an excess, but we never regretted it, at least it was the good kind of sweets.

Mango with chilli and lime

Things have changed and even though I still love mangoes, I don’t eat them as much as I would like. Here in Ohio is very hard to find Manila mangoes and the stores that carry them sell them for exorbitant prices. But when I find them at a reasonable price I like to enjoy them like I did in my childhood. I sit in front of them and talk to them. They look back and say: “Eat us, we are very sweet and tasty and you can’t resist us”. That’s exactly what they were saying when I was taking their pictures today. I couldn’t get the shot I was looking for (for some reason these shots don’t look right to me), but at the end their wishes were fulfilled. They died making me happy.

Mango

¡Buen provecho!


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Post tags: Mango, Mexican food, Mexican traditions, Peppers, personal

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