Wednesday, June 8, 2011

mango season

We're big enthusiasts of the growing urban agriculture movement, especially when it comes in the readymade and maintenance-free form of already planted trees all around the house.

Mango season is here, and it's an awesome time to appreciate the broad range of mango varieties. The Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden alone has almost 400 varieties, and we're told there are many more spread throughout the tropics. We have three different varieties around the house we're renting, and their fruit range from fibrous and tart to creamy and sweet. Plus, they ripen at different times, so we'll have fresh mangos for over a month.

The new house has mature avocado and sapote trees, and access to the neighbor's mangos and the park's coconuts. We'll probably plant papayas, too.

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