After my trip to the UK, I returned to Bangalore hoping that there would still be mangoes in the shops. The good news is that I didn’t miss the whole of the mango season. Namdhari’s Fresh is still selling mangoes, so I was able to satisfy my craving on the first day back here.
Then I bought 5 kg of local, home-grown, organic mangoes from my friend Poonam – and these mangoes taste just as good as last year.
And even better news, I didn’t miss all the mangoes in my own garden, even though most of the small fruit which I spotted in March had been lost to the wind and rain, squirrels and crows (and a few sneaky humans).
Sitting in a mango-scented kitchen, with juice dripping down my chin, I realised that I couldn’t eat all of this fruit this week, so I’m packing the freezer full of mango chunks.
These mangoes are brightening up the grey, rainy, monsoon, jetlagged days. And when they are not free from my own garden, they are less than a quarter of the price of mangoes in UK supermarkets.