Our annual trip to The Mango Factory
We learned about this amazing source of fruit from one of Joe’s coworkers, George. Last year George brought in mango goodies baked by his wife, starting “mango madness” at the office. We went down to Pine Island and purchased a single box (20 pounds) from The Mango Factory which was gone quite quickly!
This year we wanted to be more prepared, so we purchased 80 pounds! Just kidding….we did buy four boxes, but two were orders for people at the office. We also saw George and his wife picking up round one of their supply and some orders for family. George’s wife and I chatted while the men picked out and weighed their fruit. She told me about “freezer jam” which is how she extends mango season in their home.
We bought all Kent mangos and picked up a few Valencia Pride from their “fell off the tree” box. As soon as we got home we did a taste test of the two varieties. Although both delicious and far superior to what we can get in the grocery store, the taste test confirmed that Kent is our favorite.
Preparation tip: First we peel the mango and the make a small cut to determine the orientation of the seed. I find the mango slicer easier (and safer) than trying to separate the flesh from the seed with a knife. We have an OXO slicer which is available in white on amazon here.
Check out the rest of my mango series to see what we made with all those mangos.
The Mango Factory orchard on Pine Island is over 20 acres and has a variety of mango trees. They have fruit available from June through September. Check their website to see what they are picking each week. Our personal favorite is Kent, which are usually available in July and August. As noted on their website, they are not certified organic, but have not used chemicals in over eight years. The mangos are handpicked each morning, so it’s best to call ahead if you will be picking a large order. They can also ship mangos to you if you don’t live nearby.
This post is not sponsored or underwritten by The Mango Factory. All opinions are my own. Affiliate links may be used in this post.