I’ve said it before, but it’s so true that it bears repeating: Bali is one abundant place. Right now is our favorite time of year because our two favorite things are in season. For Paul, that’s mangoes, and for me, it’s avocados. But the list doesn’t stop there. On any given day you can find mountains of coconuts, bananas, papaya, dragon fruit….and on and on.
About a month ago, we took a beautiful journey to the north of the island—Tejakula—for a friend’s wedding. It’s a scenic, but long and winding drive from Ubud. After a long night of celebrating and dancing, we noticed as we left town that there seemed to be mango stands everywhere. Sure, fruit stands are a dime a dozen around Bali, but this was mango mania.
We pulled over to the side of the road and spoke to the woman with baskets of ripe delights. She immediately cut a mango open, so ripe she sliced through it like a stick of butter. As we put the sweet fruit in our mouths, juice dripping down are chins, we declared we were in heaven. And oh yeah, it was definitely mango season.
Our group of 5 looked around at one another and we all began trying to figure out how many we could fit in our freezers (and our bellies) at home. During this time of the year, we can buy a kilo of mangoes for around $1 USD. Yes, you read that correctly. One dollar.
We loaded up the car and headed for home. Needless to say, we have been eating mangoes round the clock. With our breakfast, in our smoothies, juiced, and freshly cut—just as they are. As the old saying goes, you have to make hay while the sun shines. Well, lucky for us, the sun is shining and mangoes are a plenty!