Why would you eat green mango?
In the west we enjoy red or yellow mango (Mangifera indica, Anacardiaceae) for dessert, often imported from South America although native to tropical Asia. Such mangos are usually sweet and buttery. However, of the 500 cultivars of mango there are many that are selected based on their properties when immature. To a westerner that can be a mystery, so here is a nice recipe for making a mango dip suitable for green Thai mangos such as ‘kiao savoy’ and ‘mamuang gau’:
1. Slice a green mango, no need to peel it.
2. Open a bottle of beer.
3. Make a dip of fish sauce, sugar, shallots and chilis.
4. To answer the question, green mangos are sour and yet full of terpene aromas, which are most refreshing when it is hot. Relax and enjoy this tropical snack!
A refreshment for a Dokmai Garden gardener.
Text & Photo: Eric Danell and Ketsanee Seehamongkol