There Must Be Hawaiian Mangoes In Heaven

It’s been several months since our trip to Hawaii.  It seems like a lifetime ago with all the not-so-fun stuff that’s happened since then.  I almost didn’t write a post tonight because my brain is void of original ideas.  I almost gave into the blues, but I decided I couldn’t let the bumps in life get to me.

Since I live in the desert, the ocean is a mesmerizing novelty to me.  I’m fascinated by all things water.  (Hey, when rainfall is measured in one hundredths of an inch, water is seen as a gift.)  We went for a walk along an ocean-front path and I played the part of obvious tourist.  I mean, what local would take pictures of surfboards or oceanfront umbrellas?

Surfboards by the beach
Prime real estate to take in paradise

There is one thing from Hawaii I miss the most.  (The title of this post gives it away.)  Mangoes.  Yes, mangoes.  Since we got back to Arizona from Hawaii, I’ve purchased at least twenty mangoes trying to duplicate the juicy, flavorful ones I bought in Hawaii.  Only two of them tasted pretty good, and those were nowhere close to the ones I ate on vacation.  The Hawaiian mangoes were so good; I contemplated hiding them on my person and praying I got through agricultural inspection.  (The fact I would consider smuggling mangoes could also be a sign of other psychological issues, but I won’t go into that here :))

Best. Mangoes. EVER. I’m at the Pearly Gates, right? (Maybe not all angels have wings, but they sell mangoes.)

22 thoughts on “There Must Be Hawaiian Mangoes In Heaven

  1. pattyabr August 22, 2012 / 7:51 PM

    I am TOTALLY about mangoes also. My daughter got hooked on them too. This year at my market they have had lots of mangoes on sale, 50 cents a piece. They are also fabulous as dried fruit. yum yum yum.

    • jannatwrites August 22, 2012 / 9:07 PM

      I didn’t care for the dried mangoes…I think it was the texture that got to me. Fresh ones are so yummy, though 🙂 Thanks for joining in the mango appreciation tonight, Patty!

  2. Sandra August 22, 2012 / 8:41 PM

    Did you see a mango today? Or better yet, eat one? Hmmm, what was your inspiration for this post today? 🙂 I LOVE mangoes, too. The ones from back home (tropical East) are soooooo incredibly good! Now I want some mangoes. (Pout).

    • jannatwrites August 22, 2012 / 9:15 PM

      No, Sandra…unfortunately, I have not been exposed to any mangoes lately. Oddly, the inspiration for this post came about from a lack of inspiration. I’m feeling kind of ‘blah’ and was going to skip posting after I wrote two posts that bored be to tears. I browsed through a folder of old pictures and came across the Hawaii trip, which reminded me that I haven’t written about it for a while.

      The picture of the lady at the fruit stand inspired me to write this post. You know what? I want a mango now, too. 😦

      • Sandra August 24, 2012 / 6:52 AM

        Those pineapples she has there loo super sweet and pretty darn good, too! I can eat a whole pineapple all by meself. 🙂 I hope the ‘blah’ goes away soon, Janna!

        • jannatwrites August 24, 2012 / 8:33 PM

          The pineapples were great, too…very juicy. (I actually took some pictures of the cut pineapple. I know that’s weird.) I had a migraine yesterday, but feel much better today, I think the blahs are about read to pack up and hit the road 🙂 Thanks for stopping by, Sandra!

  3. Widdershins August 22, 2012 / 8:42 PM

    I miss the kind of fresh from the farm mangoes I used to eat in Australia .. bu the time they get here they’ve been picked too green, (which is why they never taste the same as the ones you got in Hawaii) transported for thousands of kilometers, and then allowed to finish ‘ripening’ in the supermarket coldrooms … le sigh!

    • jannatwrites August 22, 2012 / 9:17 PM

      Oooh, I bet they were really good in Australia, Widdershins. There are a lot of green mangoes…either that, or the skin feels almost spongy because they are too old. I can’t afford to fly to Hawaii every time I want a mango, though.

  4. Imelda August 22, 2012 / 9:13 PM

    Mangoes are my all time favorite fruit. I do not buy mangoes here because they are never any good. I love golden mangoes and they are really really hard to find here. But one day, my SIL from San Antonio, Texas visited and she brought some nice ripe golden mangoes. They were almost as good as those from my tropical home. I believe that they came from Mexico. I do not know how close or how far you might be from that area, but you can look for those mangoes just in case you find yourself in Texas. 🙂

    • jannatwrites August 22, 2012 / 9:26 PM

      I suspect mangoes in the Philippines might taste similar to those in Hawaii since they are both tropical climates. I’m a couple states west of Texas, Mexico is directly south, but we can’t seem to get decent mangoes. Bummer. Thanks for the suggestion. Makes me want to take a road trip. Glad you stopped by to join in the mango love, Imelda.

  5. pattisj August 22, 2012 / 10:03 PM

    It’s funny the things that bring fond memories. Food never tastes as good as it does on vacation.

    • jannatwrites August 22, 2012 / 10:40 PM

      Yeah, I’ve noticed that too, Patti. I guess it’s incentive to travel more 🙂

  6. Debbie August 23, 2012 / 8:24 AM

    Isn’t it funny how we land-locked people crave the water? I’m like that, too. I love the sound of the ocean’s waves, a brook’s gurgling, even insects buzzing around a calm lake. I’ve never had a mango, nor have I ever been to Hawaii — must remedy that. Some day.

    • jannatwrites August 24, 2012 / 8:27 PM

      I’m glad I’m not the only one crazy about the water. I guess it’s just a matter of liking what we’re not used to. I sometimes see people pulled off the side of the road to photograph a cactus. I shake my head and think, tourist!

      If you get a ripe mango, they’re quite tasty. If you get one that isn’t ripe, the texture is quite gross. Thanks for stopping by, Debbie!

  7. nrhatch August 23, 2012 / 1:17 PM

    Hawaii has some STELLAR fruit ~ mangoes & pineapples top the list.

    Glad you’re resisting the downward pull, Janna. Days are brighter when we refuse to give in to the grumps.

    • jannatwrites August 24, 2012 / 8:28 PM

      Their pineapple were delicious, too. Much juicier than the ones we get here. I had a migraine yesterday, but after getting through that, I see today as a much better day, Nancy 🙂

  8. diannegray August 23, 2012 / 2:47 PM

    Hey, Janna – I hope you’re feeling better now:)

    I’m up at the farm in Cairns and eating a banana now. I was just telling my mother-in-law (moments before I saw your post) that eating a fresh banana is so much better than buying them in the city.

    PS – I love mangoes and I’m sitting under a mango tree typing this just waiting for one to fall into my mouth (and not on my keyboard):)

    • jannatwrites August 24, 2012 / 8:29 PM

      Fruit that hasn’t traveled more than us does seem to taste better, Dianne! I’m a little jealous that you’re right by a mango tree 🙂

  9. philosophermouseofthehedge August 24, 2012 / 11:24 AM

    Mangos! (aaaahhhh. drooling. Thoughts of mango salsa…)
    Love that shot of the bright umbrellas along the beach

    • jannatwrites August 24, 2012 / 8:40 PM

      I’ve not tried mango salsa before. I can’t believe I live in the southwest and I’m not a fan of salsa (cilantro, in particular).

      Glad you liked the umbrellas, Phil. I thought for sure one of those chairs should be for me!

  10. Michael August 26, 2012 / 6:09 AM

    I don’t think I’ve had a mango before…mango-flavored ice cream is as close as I’ve come. If I’m ever in Hawaii, I’ll be sure to try one. 😛

    • jannatwrites August 26, 2012 / 10:11 PM

      I hope you do make it to Hawaii so you can try one. They are really that good, Michael 🙂

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