Mango Lemonade

I’m not going to pretend to be one of those food bloggers where everything goes right all the time and every single time I make something I absolutely love it.

No. Y’all are going to see my mistakes.

So this will be a shorter post, but I want it to be a warning when picking out produce and trying new things. When you are trying something for the first time, make sure you have the best foundation. I know it is not always possible, but at least try. I bought the mangoes used today for a bargain and while I thought they didn’t look ripe yet, I gave them some time. Little did I know that it would take a significant amount of time to let them fully ripen, but I got a schedule to stick to so I tried just to see what would happen.

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I was slightly under the impression that color doesn’t matter when picking mangoes out, but I’m fairly sure it does now. These had a slight give when I squeezed them in the store so I thought they were good to go.

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The one on the left is the super green one and the one on the right was a tasty one, albeit still firm. The little bit of brown is where I actually tore open the seed’s pod and I even gave more space between the stem and the cheek. The one on the left looks almost like an avocado it’s so green. I must also note that I didn’t retouch these photos so y’all can really tell the difference.

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Where I usually make the slices and turn it inside out (keep in mind I’ve eaten like four mangoes this week before this point) the skin actually released the meaty part which was concerning. It was sort of like pumpkin guts but not as slimy. This was definitely not ripe. Now, I mentioned that I think mangoes have a slight pine smell to them and when I cut open these the smell was way stronger. I’m guessing that is the smell of the flesh.

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I was so determined to make this though, y’all, I powered on. As soon as I chose mangoes I saw several websites mention mango lemonade and I thought this would just be the absolute most tastiest thing I’ll ever try on here. I was so so ready to drink this. Alas, I tasted more of the lemon, no mango hints and all the honey in the world wouldn’t have sweetened it up. I barely got enough to fill one glass. I had a pitcher all ready to fill and present nicely but nope, just this glass which went straight into the drain.

So, I want to make the point to make sure you are trying something at its best before making a decision on whether or not you like it. I plan on coming back to this when mangoes go back on sale at the good mango store but for now, I tried, I disliked, but I hope y’all get a chance to make a good one because I’m still sure it is very tasty.

Author: Olivia O.

East Tennessee native with an interest in food and trying new things.

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