Hello & Happy July!
I hope all my fellow Floridians are in just as much of a mango love affair as I am right now. I'm on a mango mission. This spring we, by we I mean a team of highly skilled arborists, cut down a 40yr+ old Black Olive Tree from my yard, which has created space for a future mango babe. So I've been thoroughly tasting my way through mango varieties to discover the one I love the most. Juries still out on the crowd favorite, updates to come by the end of mango season!
If you're looking for an amazing place to try Mangoes the International Mango Festival at the Fairchild Botanical Gardens is happening. Check out the itinerary here!
I've been watching friends and neighbors dehydrate and freeze the amazing summer mango bounty to keep enjoying this beautiful fruit in the dead of winter. One of my favorite ways to enjoy mangoes, besides straight up eating them is in a Kombucha. I also love mango on top of fresh picked garden greens with blue butterfly pea flower. The color juxtaposition of the orange/yellow mango and the blue of the flowers is the bomb.com.
My most recent mango endeavor was making a mango blueberry banana cake for the 4th of July Weekend. I experimented with a few recipes I found online and made up my own. So it's not perfect but it's worth sharing:
Serving Size: 3 Bread Pan Loafs & Six Muffins
2 cups ripe banana
1/2 cup room temp butter (roughly 1 stick butter I used raw butter I get delivered though)
2 cups mango cut in squared pieces
1 cup blueberries
4 cups flour (I used Whole Wheat Einkorn Flour)
2 Tablespoons Baking Powder
1 Teaspoon Salt
1 Teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
2 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
2 Cups Coconut Milk
2 Cups Raw Local Honey
2 Tablespoons Lemon Juice
& voila! I mix it all in one bowl. I mix the fruit first and then the dried ingredients and then the wet ingredients. Grease the baking pans with butter. Pour the batter in about 3/4 of the way to leave room for the breads to rise. Bake them at 350° for 40-50 minutes until you stick a toothpick in and it comes out clean.
If you have any delicious Mango recipes to share, please do! Or even fun mango project on the horizon let me know. I'm thinking of making a mango shrub with Apple Cider Vinegar & possibly a Mango Vinegar.
Happy Mango Eatings! xoxo