Friday, February 21, 2014

Summer Mangoes

Living in the subtropics, we have a magnificent mango tree in our backyard. Sadly, the mangoes are really gross. The only thing I can do with them is make green mango chutney if they fall down at the right time, otherwise they are stringy, rotten-tasting and usually maggoty. 

But the tree next door is a different story. It was planted a few years after ours and is a Bowen. The mangoes are just scrumptious. Luckily our neighbour is a bit fussy and a bit generous; we happily take any mangoes that have scratches or damage by possums or fruit bats. I chop off the bad bits, cut up the rest and freeze it in takeaway containers. We then have delicious mango ready for ice-cream for months!

This is how we make our beautiful and healthy mango ice-cream: take two peeled and frozen bananas, chop roughly and put in the blender, food processor or Thermomix until whizzed up. Then chop up your frozen mango and whizz it in too. You may need to stir it in or add a little yoghurt or water if it won't blend properly.  Then, scoop into bowls or cones and enjoy! 

I get a lot of satisfaction from making something full of goodness from our own bananas and our neighbour's mangoes. It's FREE and the mangoes would have been thrown out if we didn't take them. I can't stand waste and I enjoy putting in that small bit of effort for a big reward. Yum yum :0)

Warning: mango ice-cream could turn you into a fruit loop...

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