April 22, 2010

'Tis the season of Green Mangoes

Mango season is upon us here on Saipan.  It's still early so the mangos are not ripe, but they're pretty big and you can see them dangling all over Saipan.

But just because the mangoes are green doesn't mean we can't eat them.  A popular thing to do with the green mangoes is to pickle them.  Locally, it's called mango koko.  I like having the mango koko with a little bit of red pepper.  This is so yummy!

Also on the topic of fruit, a couple of years ago we had some pineapple that was grown on the island of Rota (where my mom was born).  It was huge, sweet, and yummy.  Anyway, a friend had mentioned that you could just take off the crown of the pineapple, stick it in a pot, and it'll grow.  So we did just that.  It grew in the pot, and grew, and grew.  It was a nice ornamental plant, and we didn't think it will bear fruit, but lo and behold, we have a pineapple growing out of a pot.  Crazy!  And it took 2 years!  We can't wait to eat it and then plant the crown once again.

Also, growing in our yard is a calamansi tree in a pot.  We grew this from a seed a couple of years ago as well.  It stands at about 6 feet and it blossomed this year and is now bearing some fruit.  If you don't know calamansi, it's a tart citrus fruit that's a little larger than a cherry, and it's great for sauces.

Gotta love Saipan.  You just stick a seed in some dirt, the sun and rain will do the rest, and before you know it you've got your own supply of tropical fruit.

Yep I Luv Saipan!

(I love you Mom)


  1. Everytime I see your posts I'm blown away at what an amazing photographer you are. I love your posts; thank you for sharing them.

    I'm so sorry to hear that your mom passed away. I know that she was why you moved back to Saipan and I'm happy for all of your family that you had the time with her that you did.

  2. Thanks David. I'm happy you enjoy the photos and posts. And thank you for your encouragement in the very beginning back in SD before making the move out to Saipan.


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