Mango Madness

White Peacock Butterfly on Mango Buds and Blossoms

Our mango tree budded early this year. The first blossoms popped out in February due, no doubt, to a warm winter. White Peacock Butterflies like the one above flitted among chartreuse buds and pink blossoms in search of tropical nectar. Two more bloomings yielded a tree peppered with various sized fruit, temptingly dangling on long magenta stems.

Mango Bounty

The first fruit seem agonizingly slow in maturing. As a result, my husband and I assumed the mango watch. Each morning on arising we dash outside to examine the tree for ripe mangos. When we find one it’s rushed into the house for safe keeping. Why, you might ask, is this bizarre behavior necessary?

First, mangos take premier place as the most luscious fruit on earth. As proof of our infatuation, lunches over the past two weeks have only consisted of tall ice cold mango smoothies. There are some great mango smoothie recipes online. I like to make mine with a cold or frozen mango, a banana, the juice from a fresh orange, and 1/2 cup of plain yogurt. My husband enjoys added ice. Sometimes I include other fruit such as fresh pineapple, strawberries, or blackberries. Spin it all in your blender and you have the most delicious, nutritious drink imaginable. Chef Allen Susser, the Mango Man and spokesman for the National Mango Board, has posted a variety of gourmet mango recipes on their site.

Secondly, we’re not the only area residents who lust after mangoes’ sweet flesh. Two gangs of thieves have invaded our private property in quest of tree born treasure. Fortunately, we’ve managed to identify the ringleader of the primary gang—the Fangs. I’ve posted the scoundrel’s mug shot below. Should you spot this intruder, please notify the proper authorities.

Sly Squirrel

While the Fangs usually strike in early morning hours, the Peckers operate throughout the day. Brazenly they rush in yelling, “Thief, thief, “as if we couldn’t discern their intent. They’re the strike and run, or should I say fly, type. Peck a hole in the plumpest mango on the tree and then split. That’s their M.O.

Bluejay Mango Thief

Desperation has forced my husband and me to formulate and propose various security measures including use of the power wash hose, blowguns, and painting each mango with chipolte pepper sauce. Unfortunately, each plan has its drawbacks. If you know of a better offensive tactic, please get in touch.

Note: For an update on our mango saga, see Mango Munchies.

8 thoughts on “Mango Madness

  1. Do mangoes ship well? Hint, hint! Your smoothies have my mouth watering as we speak–and I wouldn’t want to share with Fangs and Beaks either! I have to admit, though, that fruit’s almost too beautiful to eat (but DON’T let that stop you!)

  2. Oh, you’ve taken some great photos of two of my favorite things, butterflies and mangoes. My husband bought me a mango slicer a couple of months ago, so now I enjoy them even more. Thanks for sharing your pictures.

  3. You’re photos are absolutely gorgeous! I of course love mangoes too…wonder where that came from?! It’s funny because we make smoothies almost every morning and I use pretty much the same recipe as you do! It is one of our favorite things to drink and such a nutritious breakfast. I like to add goat milk powder and sometimes a dash of our favorite Ceylon cinnamon just for extra yumminess. Lydia loves smoothies too. Thanks for sharing – I’m loving your blogs more and more! Love ya!

  4. Again, what beautiful snaps. We are a tad conflicted over here because we get some of nature’s finest (like abert squirrels, deer, and Alvin, Simon and Theodore to name a few) who can be so disruptive to our want for a beautiful garden. I wish I knew of some way to keep your visiting friends from ravaging your mangos! Sad to say, I do not!!

  5. My Dad’s been waging war with the Fangs for years as he likes to feed the Peakers during our long winters in New York state. He’s never managed to win a battle yet. 🙂

    Great pictures, what are you using to capture the gang members?

  6. I guess there’s enough to share. Right?

    I used a Nikon D40X with a AF-S Nikkor 70-300 mm lens. Thanks for the compliment. I have SO much to learn.

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