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Tropical Fruit Discussion / What is eating my mangoes?
« on: July 16, 2017, 06:26:03 PM »
A lot of the mangoes I am finding on the ground have small to large holes eaten out of them, but I can't tell what is doing it or when (ie before they drop or after).  I put a picture below - my camera is not focusing properly, so it isn't the best.

If it is rodents or birds, I guess that's life, but I'm concerned it could be insects that laid eggs in the fruit, grow, and eat their way out. Obviously, there are bugs in there now.

Anybody have thoughts?

Recipes / Uses for unripe mangoes?
« on: June 14, 2017, 08:16:55 PM »
I had a branch fall today in a storm, which resulted in me having about 60-80 unripe mangoes on my hands.  :o

I made some mango powder (amchoor) earlier in the season with some unripe mangoes, but I'm not really looking to peel, slice, and dry 80 mangoes.

I've also seen mango pickles, which I will make, but with that many mangoes, I'll need all the ideas I can get. I'd hate to see them go to waste.

Any ideas?


So I should pretty much just guess when they are ready based on softness, rather than color?

Also, if it is helpful, they are weighing in from about 4-6 ounces.

So here are some additional photos to help. First photo is one I took on Tuesday (30 May) of several mangoes that had fallen that day. I've numbered two of them.

Here are 3 pics of Mango #1 today (Thursday, 1 June), after two days of sitting stem down on my counter:

Here are 4 pics of Mango #2 today, also after two days sitting on the counter.

Here are 2 pics of Mango #3, also after two days on the counter. I didn't cut him open because he looked greener than the other two.

And last, here are 2 pictures of a mango that just fell today, for reference:

I moved into a house last August in Tampa, FL that has a mango tree. I don't know what cultivar of mango it is, so I'm not sure how to decide when to pick them, etc. Here is a picture of a few of them that fell off in some heavy wind this week. I put a pen there for scale. Also one on the tree. There are some on the tree that I think are a little larger, and have somewhat larger pink/red area. I also put a picture that I took in August of the last two mangoes from the tree, which were straight up yellow - not green or red. The ones from August were actually about the same size as the larger ones are today, if that means anything. I don't think the previous owner took very good care of it though, so it may have been malnourished and dehydrated last year.

Anybody have an educated guesses based on their current color and size for early May (when these were taken)?

Here's one from last August:

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