Gems of Gratitude, Reflections

Today’s Gem of Gratitude #102

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Today I am thankful for mangos. Some people who know me would probably be shocked to hear me say that because they probably have not ever seen me eat a mango. Little do they know that mangos are easily one of my favorite types of fruit. And the reason why they likely have not seen me eat a mango before is because I prefer mangos that are grown in Florida. And let’s face it, living out here on the other side of the country does not exactly make it easy for me to obtain mangos from Florida. Thankfully, however, I do receive care packages from my loved ones who live in Florida and that serves to satisfy my cravings for mangos and the like.

There is just something so comforting about biting into a nice, cold, fresh mango. Yes, they can be messy, but that’s part of the fun of eating them. Growing up we used to pull them right off of the tree at my grandmother’s house, throw them in the refrigerator for a little while and then sit on the back porch while we peeled and ate them. By the time that we were finished eating them we were covered in stickiness from the dried juice of the mangos, but it was always worth it. And we were very blessed in that my grandmother grew two different kinds of mangos in her yard – a very sweet, small, round, mango with a peel that was completely yellow when it was ripe, and a larger, more oblong-shaped variety that was not quite as sweet as the smaller ones, the peel of which was a mixture of yellow, red, and green when it was ripe. Just thinking about them now is making my mouth water.

I am sure that some of you might not have ever sampled a mango before. And for those of you who have yet to do so, I suggest that you try one. If you are someone who likes sweet fruit that is not so much on the acidic side, then mangos just might be perfect for you. And if you ever have the opportunity to sample mangos from Florida, I highly recommend that you do so, and not because I am biased, but because they are just that good. Happy eating! #lovebythedrop

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