by Heather Schmitt-Gonzalez / Saturday, August 7, 2010
mango, Mango, MANGO! Mango on a stick...2 ways
Now...let's talk MANGO again! Perhaps on your stroll down the street you look left instead right...and you see a different type of street food...something so simple you may not believe how utterly amazing it is! It's a mango. On a stick. A warm, ripe mango is skewered, peeled, sliced into petals, doused with the juice of a lime, then sprinkled with salt and chile piquín. Imagine stopping mid-step...lifting the fruit to your mouth, the tropical scent permeates your whole being...you take a bite. Warm and juicy. An explosion of the perfect sweet fruit spiked with a bit of salty heat. Your eyelids flutter. The juices dribble down your mouth and your arm, leaving their sticky trail for you to find later- once the experience is all over...as if to remind you of those few moments of sheer ecstasy.
You can close your eyes and pretend you're in Mexico unless you actually are in Mexico, then, well...lucky you! after just a few simple steps:
Peel a mango, stab it through the seed with a skewer. Slice it into petals, starting at the bottom. Yes, my technique leaves something to be desired...but I was in a hurry to eat...no beauty contest going on here today. Squeeze a lime over the top, letting it get into the crevices. Sprinkle it with sea salt or kosher salt and some piquín chile powder.
Michiana-based food, drink, and travel writer with a fondness for garlic, freshly baked bread, stinky cheese, single malt Scotch, and Mexican food—who believes that immersing herself in different cultures one bite at a time is the best path to enlightenment.