I was just reading on Wikipedia about different mango varieties, and it lists Pakistan as having twelve different types of mangoes. Today we had three different types for dessert-Sindhri, Langra, and Chausa. I had never really liked mangoes before moving here, maybe because I had never had a Pakistani mango before?
When the season comes, we buy mangoes daily, by the crate. Some are smaller than my fist, and others as large as Saad's head. Some varieties are better cut into slices, and some we just squeeze in their skin until all the pulp is liquified and then pop the top off and drink it like a juice box. The larger varieties we usually cut up and put in the blender with some milk and make really thick milk shakes.
The one thing that is a bit annoying is that eating so many mangoes can get messy! Saad especially is a master at ruining his clothes(or mine when he grabs my shirt with sticky mango hands) while eating mangoes.
Because of this, when he was little we devised the perfect method to feed babies mango with easy clean up. First I put a layer of newspaper on the floor, then striped Saad and my nephews down to the diapers, put them in the very center of the newspapers along with the plate of mango slices, then stood far away until they were done. One person would grab each baby, dripping with mango, and quickly head to the bathroom to give them a post mango bath, while another person would roll up and throw away the soggy newspapers.
I really wish I had taken pictures of Saad at this point. He was covered in mango from his head to toes, but he was so happy and smiley. He loves mangoes so much, he would eat nothing else all day if we let him.
Any one have any suggestions what to do with so many mangoes? Any recipes for interesting desserts? By the end of the season, we will have eaten so many mangoes that we never want to see another mango again. Until next season, when the cycle starts anew!