Showing posts with label mango. Show all posts
Showing posts with label mango. Show all posts

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Mango trees in full bloom

The village where I reside in was supposedly formerly a mango orchard. As such, there are many old large mango trees everywhere. The Clairvoyant and I like to think that a mature mango tree is the status symbol for a homeowner in our village and we are fortunate to have one in our home. We actually oriented our house to retain the mango tree in our lot (the right thing to do) and it is one of the distinct features of our home.

Most of the old mango trees where I reside are now in full bloom. Many branches (large and small) are now sagging with the weight of the flowers. I am afraid branches will start crashing down once the flowers transform into fruits.
Our mango tree had not been as productive the past almost 4 years after a large branch was removed by a strong typhoon in 2014. We were able to harvest something like 3 to 4 boxes of carabao mangoes then, and now look forward to a good harvest in a few weeks.
Another street and more flowering mango trees.
We hope to have a good harvest in the coming weeks and are praying that there won't be heavy rains that will ruin the flowers.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Chocolate review: Ghirardelli Intense Dark Mango Sunset

Last month, I wrote about dark chocolate covered mangoes and basically praised the maker for using Philippine mangoes. These mangoes, I forgot to mention, were probably from the island of Guimaras in the west central Philippines. The island is well known for producing really good mangoes due in part to a variety that grows in that island and the neighboring towns across from the strait in the province of Iloilo. I think Guimaras mangoes are of the highest quality in that for a time (I am not sure if its still the case today.) mangoes from this island were the only ones allowed for export to the United States.

I picked up a bar of Ghirardelli's Intense Dark Mango Sunset as I was curious about the taste. I had tasted good dark chocolate with ripe and green mangoes before and the combination was good.
Details at the back show the chocolate making process, nutrition facts and the price tag.
Close-up showing a description of the chocolate. The ingredients don't mention any mangoes so I assume it is flavoring instead of real mangoes (e.g., dried mangoes).
Close-up showing the price tag and nutrition information for the chocolate
This bar costs 7.40 USD so it is a bit pricey. I actually don't mind the price if the chocolate was really good and therefore worth every dollar (peso) that I paid for. Unfortunately, I would have to say that this chocolate is not worth it and this is probably my first negative review for a chocolate that I took care in selecting and buying. The wife and I agreed upon first tasting the chocolate that the mango flavoring tasted like medicine - the type your parents probably gave you when you were sick as a child. They just didn't blend well and there was a not so delicate aftertaste. The bar was that unsatisfying that we did not finish it. The remaining chocolate is still in the refrigerator awaiting to be consumed. We will probably do that but we are not in a hurry and we have other chocolates in our stash to delay eating this one.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Chocolate review: Kirkland Dark Chocolate Covered Mangoes

This month has already seen me posting what seems to be a 'career-high' in monthly chocolate reviews. It's not because I don't have other material to write about but more like I have a lot of drafts on chocolates that have accumulated that I have to trim down. Still, these posts seem to be quite enjoyable and a nice distraction from the more serious stuff I write about in another blog and as well as typical work-related writing that I also do.

This feature is about chocolate covered mangoes that we got at an S&R store the last time we did some groceries there. That was months ago and we got curious about this pack, which cost something like about 800 pesos. We had intended to taste this and then, if it was good, the plan was to purchase a few more packs to bring abroad to share with friends missing Philippine mangoes and like chocolate (who doesn't like chocolate?).

Kirkland Dark Chocolate Covered Mangoes come in a 500g resealable bag
The packaging states that mangoes are from the Philippines and the chocolate used was responsibly sourced. I am not sure about where the cacao came from but the mangoes most likely came from Guimaras, which is a prime producer and exporter of mangoes abroad and particularly to the US and Canada.
Details about the chocolate covered mangoes are at the back of the package
A description of the mangoes and a definition of what they meant by 'responsibly sourced' chocolates
Nutrition facts and serving size
It doesn't say what % of cacao comprised the dark chocolate but based on the taste, I would say that it would be minimum 30% cacao.
Kirkland's dark chocolate covered mangoes is a winner! I think it is a delight and enjoyable mainly because of the mangoes they used. Tremendously biased as I may seem but it is my opinion that the taste of mangoes from the Philippines is how mangoes should taste like. Soon I will be writing about a more premium chocolate from a more popular and established brand that also used mangoes and I will explain there why that chocolate doesn't taste quite right.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Home made mango sorbet

We did not expect to have so many mangoes from our tree considering it looked depressed when we moved in to our new home last March. We are actually overwhelmed with the blessings from the tree, which we call an ent - borrowing from the term used for "tree herder" in Tolkien's Lord of the Rings. Last week, our kasambahay experimented on making ice cream using the mangoes. The initial version was a bit sour as some of the not so ripe fruits dominated the ingredients. Last weekend though, they had a breakthrough by adding more milk and some sugar to finally come up with real good home made ice cream. It didn't have the typical ingredients from the leading commercial brands or those found in typical sorbetes you can buy from the roaming carts but I can vouch for it being rich in taste and having all natural ingredients. The Clairvoyant was impressed with the concoction and we'll definitely work on improving the consistency of the sorbet. We already look forward to the next mango harvest!

Home made mango sorbet from the fruits of our tree.


Monday, April 28, 2014

Our mango tree

We like to tell people that we are very happy to have a mature mango tree in our new home. The tree seems to be an old one judging from its trunk. When we first saw it in November 2012, it looked gaunt and missing some branches (likely from natural causes like typhoons) and our contractor actually asked us if we wanted to get rid of it. We decided against cutting the tree as mangoes are strongly linked with our families. The Clairvoyant's family on her mother's side comes from Zambales and have had mango trees in their lands for as far back as they could remember. On my father's side in Iloilo we also have had mango trees in our lands. It was a "no-brainer" to have our own mango tree.

The mango tree the first time we saw it back in November 2012.
Our mango tree - photo taken last April 12, 2014 with its branches decorated with lichen and mangoes ripening everywhere. We poured a bottle of water we got from Dauis Church in Bohol in 2012 and afterwards, the tree seem to have come to life, rewarding us with lots of fruits.
Orchids and other plants now adorn our old mango tree
Among the orchids are sanggumay, which is an indigenous specie that's popular with its large flowers. Ours were given by close friends and already have buds hanging. My mother is also growing sanggumay in her garden and has told us that she will give us a few for our garden.
The harvest from our kalabaw mango tree - ripe and green mangoes just the way we like them.
Our mango tree now stands as a sentinel for our home. We like to think of it as an ent (ref. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings) guarding us from unwanted elements and that it comes alive when we are asleep to keep watch of other trees and plants in our home.