Saturday, July 15, 2006

Cebu Mangoes

Photo by: Farley Baricuatro

Cebu stakes a claim as having one of the finest mangoes in the world. Yes, other varieties in Asia may compete with sweetness, but Cebu mangoes are decidedly not fibrous like the others- just luscious, with roll-in-the-tongue texture. Otherwise referred commercially as the Philippine mangoes. At the Banilad fruit stand, a kilo is about 60 pesos (~$1.1) while it is only 40 pesos in the other dry markets. But guaranteed to be SWEET (not sour) and ripened naturally (without carburo or what we'd like to say, calcium carbide). The Philippines cannot enter into the US market because there are lobbies against it from other countries traditionally selling to the US. Plus there are high insecticidal standards which the Philippines still have to meet. Trade barriers are a complicated issue and unless they are settled, the Philippine mangoes are handicapped due to tariff hence the expensive price.(From Farl)

Mangoes (Mangifera indica) probably originated in India, have been cultivated for over 4000 years, and are one of the most widely consumed fruits on the planet today. Cebu'’s mangoes have an incredibly thin and fine skin or peel and feel somewhat like a baby'’s bum (the top mangoes are individually wrapped as they ripen to prevent bugs and unsightly markings), their flesh is just the right consistency and density (not too watery, fibrous or heavy), and their flavor and sweetness superb. (From Market Manila)

The fruit flesh of a ripe mango contains about 15% sugar, up to 1% protein, and significant amounts of vitamins A, B and C. The taste of the fruit is very sweet, with some cultivars having a slight acidic tang. The texture of the flesh varies markedly between different cultivars; some have quite a soft and pulpy texture similar to an over-ripe plum, while others have a firmer flesh much like that of a cantaloupe or avocado, and in some cultivars the flesh can contain fibrous material. Mangoes are very juicy; the sweet taste and high water content make them refreshing to eat, though somewhat messy. (From Wikipedia)

I just love mangoes. I can make a lot of things out of mangoes, from ice cream to mango float to mango shake to toppings on oatmeal or as an accompaniment to suman. Mango is a very versatile fruit. Nothing can quite compare with the mangoes that we have here in Cebu aside from the Mangoes that the Guimaras Island produces.

Mango Float
Difficulty: Easy
Servings: 8 Servings

1 pack 200g handypack MY San Grahams Honey
3 tablespoons MY San Grahams Honey, crushed
1 1/2 cups all-purpose cream (1 cup = 250ml brick)
3/4 cup condensed milk
2 cups mangoes sliced

1. DO FILLING. In a bowl, combine chilled cream and condensed milk.
2. LAYER. Lay 8 pieces of crackers in an 8 x 13 rectangular pan. Pour cream on top and top with sliced mangoes. Repeat process to make 2 or 3 layers, ending with the cream and sliced mangoes on top.
3. FINISH. Sprinkle crushed grahams on top of cream.
4. CHILL and serve.


Anonymous said...

i love cebu and its stomach-warming foods.

Anonymous said...

i'll be in cebu this may 2007
leister sly

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