Thursday, November 04, 2010

Zen


had my mango tree of (so many years) cut down to a bear minima; so i thought i should sing its ode here
Before i had that tree planted there were guava trees in that spot; guavas, another delicious and versatile caribbean fruit
So any which ways, i'm now taller than my mango tree, and i wont be eating mangos from my tree for a long while, it will take some time to regenerate. Some believe that a mango tree can grant wishes... maybe so maybe not, one thing i can attest to is the friendship coordination of this delicious fruit. When i was growing up, sharing food was a gesture of friendship, compassion and love. One of the first foods we shared as children was not the store bought snack of today's world, but rather, a mango chow, having rummaged through our mother's kitchen for whatever herbs we could salvage to toss in.
The green or near ripe mango, rough chopped after being peeled, was tossed in a bowl, with salt, lime juice, garlic and pepper; then what ever else we can put our hand on, we tossed in, and then had a good ole time dipping into the bowl and eating our chow; back then the equation was, mango chow equalled strong strong friendship.
Tomorrow in many homes this delicious fruit will be culinarized in all of its facets within the celebration of the Festival of Lights

13 comments:

Devika said...

Nice post, Gillena :)

Mango trees and mangoes hold many a memories of love and frienship of childhood; Guavas too :)

and tomorrow is Festival of Lights here too -- Deepavali is South and Diwali as they call in North, Crackers crack me up!

festical greetings, Gillena :)

love,
dev

Devika said...

*Festival Greetings :)

Dev

Diane Mayr said...

Mangoes are a fruit that I've had very little experience with. I hope to one day to have one fresh from a tree.

Happy festival day.

Gillena Cox said...

Devika, Diane; good morning, have a nice day

much love
gillena

Lorraine said...

How beautiful Gillena, so sorry about you little gifted mango tree

Gillena Cox said...

Thank you for dropping in Lorraine; Have a nice day

much love
gillena

Anonymous said...

Very good !

joo said...

What a lovely idea, and such a nice story about your mango tree:)
The only mango fruit I can obtain here is the one from supermarket;(
Have a happy Festival of Light Gillena!
Hugs:)

Gillena Cox said...

Joo, Mop, thanks for dropping in

much love
gillena

HaikuKelly said...

Why oh why would you trim back your mango tree so far that it won't give you any fruit? Mangoes are my favorite! If your tree was producing too many you could have just sent them my way!

Gillena Cox said...

oh Kelly it will grow back again, dont worry; and thanks for dropping in

much love
gillena

Ralf Bröker said...

Strange idea here: there is no mango tree nowhere. So we get a bit of summer by looking at this haiga (and refusing to drink "mangoromized" soft-drinks). Nice one!

Best wishes
Ralf

Gillena Cox said...

Ralf glad you stopped by, whats in the bowl is mango chow, the last of my tree until it grows to adult fruiting again; oh and mango is used not only in food and drinks there is now an innovative thriving mango soap business here

much love
gillena