Mango fruit (Embe)
At least 15 versions available
Do you also think a mango is a mango but red or green? We can tell you- it isn’t. Especially not on Zanzibar. Here they have at least fifteen kinds of mangos and the mango trees trunks are used to build boats from as a mango tree is hard wood and can grow as tall as 100 feet.
How to buy a ripe mango then?
Well firstly- don’t judge a mango by its colour – it goes from green via yellow to red. To understand if it is ripe you squeeze gently and if ripe it will “give in” slightly. However, some people prefer it sourer and then you can pick a harder one. Once ripe, mangos can be moved to the refrigerator to slow down ripening for several days
On Zanzibar mangos are sold as street food and enjoyed with salt, sugar and chilli powder. Also they are put in smoothies, salads, salsas, chutneys, on fish, chicken, as a dessert in endless variations.
Impression & Feelings: Red, green, yellow, orange, sweet, sour...