International Mango Festival at FairchildBy Andreina Troconis Photo credits: Daniella Veras and Andreina Troconis
Every July we eagerly anticipate the arrival of the International Mango Festival Â at Fairchild Tropical Gardens. Â Such a treat the King Mango is, that Â despite the rain droves of Â people showed up at this venue this past Sunday, July 14th, 2013 . Â Mango Tree owners, mango connoisseurs and aficionados like my friend and I, were in for a very refreshing afternoon.
Mangoes from Â several countries such as Thailand, Mexico, Â India and Florida Â to name a few Â in representation, were available for tastings, cooking demonstrations, Â and to take home and sinfully enjoy. Â I had a lot of fun reading the many names of the Mangoes in display. Check out the attached pictures to see what I mean. Â There were so many varieties, they need to give them peopleâ€™s names. Â Now you will understand when you hear someone saying , â€œPass me a Tommy, will ya?â€ theyâ€™re actually referring to a mango.
I learned the Mangoâ€ is native to India, where apart from being a highly consumed Â product, it represents a symbol of love and Â given as a token of friendship. Another fun fact I found endearing is the legend that Â Buddha sat under a mango tree Â to Â meditate, giving this fruit an air of enlightenment. For this same reason, it was an Â inspiration in clothes and ornamentals. Did you know the famous paisley design was based on the mango? There is so much meaning behind this Â deliciousness!
â€œThe Mango Doctors â€œ were there in situ, Â to offer helpful tips and knowledge to the lines of people that took their home-grown mangoes, leaves, and if not, a couple of questions in mind to better understand this fruitâ€™s care and growing process. Â In a nutshell, I felt very zen – mind, body and heart aligned to the rhythm of the â€œmango.â€
What better way to show love to your community than attending, enjoying , and learning in an environment Â such as Fairchild Tropical Gardens? Â They have an amazing roster of events going on, so there is a niche for every taste. Â If you go to Â any upcoming shenanigans in the near future, remember there are tons of different things to see, so plan accordingly Thatâ€™s how I met the Rambutan in a Mango Festivalâ€¦â€¦
Enjoy the rest of these awesome images from the International Mango Festival at Fairchild Botanical Gardens!
International Mango Festival Commercial Growerâ€™s Summit
For more InformationÂ and to Register,
please visit theÂ Grower’s Summit Page
14thÂ Annual Mango Brunch
For more Information and Reservations,
please visit theÂ Mango Brunch Page
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