Mangoes of The Philippines
There are many different kinds of Mangoes available in the Philippines and all over the world. On the streets they are usually found chopped into little slices and sold in clear plastic bags. They may not be what you expect though. Sweet or sour in the main difference and it’s important to know which is which!
The bitter Mango
Filipino’s really like a contrast of bitter, sour, salty and sweet flavors. The slices for sale on the streets are often Pajo Mangoes which our quite bitter/sour and hard.
They come with a dipping sauce, or just plan salt. Yes, salt and mangoes are a big favorite in the Philippines.
Pictured to the right is a large green Mango. Relatively inexpensive it’s crunchy and not so sweet.
Carabao Sweet Mango or Honey Mango
While to the forefront and in the main photograph above is a regular yellow mango also known as a carabao / Manila Mango or honey mango which is very sweet and juicy.
Cost of Mangos in The Philippines
Mangoes can be found for as little as 5 peso to 15 pesos each. Many overripe mangos can be found in a discount for less.
Mostly however Mangoes in The Philippines are sold by kilo and prices are displayed in writing. Always ask if it’s sweet, ripe and to ready to eat. Vendors are quite happy to tell you.
Don’t forget as a tourist if there’s nothing too ripe and you want to eat one immediately you’ll often find a discount box with yesterdays fruit in it. Here the mangoes are on the verge of becoming over ripe. But for immediate mango eating satisfaction it’s where I head to first!
This additional post is one of a series featuring Filipino food
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