Mango Rhythms, Recipes and Remedies: Nature’s Stimulus Package

“Union of two perfect worlds:When golden sun sets over tourquise fields, it heralds the sound of better days to come. ” – Tanya, The Mango Lady

Photo credit: Jillia Bird. Ffryes Beach, Antigua, West Indies

Deck the halls, break out the tassles, and confetti, we are officially in the swing of mango season. Amidst the sting of the pandemic, social distancing and zoomania, there is this nagging feeling that so much has been lost. Lost and not missing. Lost as in, snatched away: Lost graduation, lost time, and sadly lost lives. The list is endless. Yet many mangolicious folks have found solace through unyielding prayers, meditation, music, cooking, (lots of cooking) home renovations, more cooking or for the “night owls,” Netflix bingeing. For a select bunch, we have found solace and a familar place of refuge in the joy of mango season. 

Despite ‘Rona’s unwanted disruption, and her unyielding habbit of taking, mango season’s synchronized arrival is off limits. This year’s season particularly serves as a reminder that nature and the things we cherish can and will bounce back. Its the aromatic nostalgic smell, the sight, the sweetness that draws us in and graciously gives back. Not even Coronavirus can distrupt the mighty mango season. So to all the scrooges out there who have lost their mango mojo… feeling paralyzed by the pandemic, slumped over, zoomed out and locked in with uncertainty about the road ahead..this post is dedicated to you. 

Photo: Tanya, The Mango Lady,  under Valencia Pride Mango Tree

With the growing concerns about our health, and the need for a immune system boost, every bite of a sweet Julie, Mango Kon, Alphonse or Nam Doc mango, feels like a dose of heaven’s Emergen-C. The nutritional benefits of mangoes are off the charts. Mangoes are a super fruit and an excellent source of vitamins A and C, a good source of fiber and contains vitamin B-6 (11% of the daily recommended intake) which promotes the production of serotonin, a hormone that elevates your mood. Mangoes are not just delicious, I’m sure you would agree its a natural stimuli, nature’s stimulus package.

Well if that was not enough, mangoes are also a great source of beta-carotene, and contains powerful antioxidants that have the capability of neutralizing free radicals that prevent premature aging. That’s right! Mangoes have anti-aging properties, so get your mango-licious consumption on.  Yesssss! A toast is in order for any food that elevates your health, mood, vitality, brings out your natural beauty, keeps you young and makes you feel oh so fab-u-lous! TOAST!

Photo credit: Tanya, The Mango Lady

Mixed into the spotlight on the 2020 mango season is the age old question: How do we find joy and maintain a sense of hope in the midst of a crisis? In the pre-Covid19, non socially distant era, a place of solace for me was enjoying a good mango under a tree while sharing the company of family and good friends. We are in a new normal so we won’t all be meeting up under the family tree this season. Nonetheless all is not lost. With a mango in hand, we will take one bite and face this crisis one day at a time.

Someone recently reminded me that “a crisis is a terrible thing to waste.” Despite our remote state, masking, or limited mobility, its still a great time to shift our paradigm, and explore new ideas, opportunities and of course explore the varied possibilities of mangoes! Use the occasion to teach your kids about the benefits of mangoes or share your funny childhood stories of climbing mango trees in the neighbor’s yard.

Below i’ll share my stimulus package of mango related resources that will hopefully re-ignite your “mango mojo” or challenge you to explore new and exciting ways to enjoy mango recipes, rhythms, or new remedies during this memorable mango season: 

Sharing a great recipe from my go to book on mangoes: The Great Mango Book by Chef Allen Susser. In this clip Allen demonstrates how to make a delish mango wrap while cooking with your kids:

Check out other great recipes from The Great Mango Book, by Chef Allen Susser.
Allen Susser and Tanya The Mango Lady 2019 Bingo Bango Mango Festival, Miami Beach

The Mango has a plethora of health benefits but did you know mango leaves also have medicinal properties that can help alleviate things like kidney stones, reducing inflammation, weight loss, build the body’s immunity against viral infection and even be used for improving dental health? Check out this informative video on the benefits of mango leaves.

What better way to get into the mango mood than with music! Feel free to create your first Tik Tok video as you break out in a dance and work up a sweat to this catchy mango song by General Zooz or a jazzy tune by Black Mango.


Reflections from the Mango Lady:

This current season is indeed historic, yet it offers abundant time for reflection, sharing and learning. Leaving you with my 2020 mango season take away: 

1. Get a grip on reality. Recognize crisis as being inevitable. Its useless exhausting time, thought and energy worrying about things we cannot change. This current crisis may not be a quckie. Wishing it away, denying its happening or clicking your heels will not change a thing. Prepare for the long haul. Acknowledge it is here and determine how to best live through it by God’s grace.

2. Find Refuge. Even in the midst of crisis we can find places of refuge. I find peace in knowing God is still in control. There is a text in scripture that states, “weeping endures for a time but joy comes in the morning.” Psalm 30: 5 Even weeping has its season. We find refuge in knowing that morning is sure to come. There is a lot we have all lost, but so much we still have to gain. 

3. “Crisis is a terrible thing to waste” – Harry C. Resilent folks often use crisis as a catapult to achieve greater things and climb to higher heights. Write that book, blog about your leadership experience, start that catering business, release your inner artist! No excuse. Go for it. 

4. Embrace the Mangolicious life. Its recognizing life has bitter and sweet seasons. Yet its a fierce resolve never to give up, accept defeat or play victim in the face of failure. The Mangolicious life is a life of resilence, and learning to adapt to change. Humans are designed to bounce back. And we will. 

5. Be thankful and affrim others in the crisis. Remember to encourage the first responders, nurses, police, janitors, cleaning crew, and politicians making difficult life impacting decisions. Pray for critical care workers who toil and put their own lives at risk daily. Take time to value others amidst the crisis. They need to hear a thank you every now and then. Be thankful for what’s right in your life when so much more could go wrong
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Despite these unprecedented times, I recognize we are all part of one of the most memorable periods in earth’s history. However, 2020 is not over just yet. I believe there are still some amazing things that await us down the road. There are many more rivers to cross, new discoveries to be made and important lessons still yet to learn. Until then, I hope this post has rekindled your joy for mango season and added a smile to your day.

Take that Covid-19!

Photo credit: Tanya The Mango Lady, by a Keats Mango Tree

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25 thoughts on “Mango Rhythms, Recipes and Remedies: Nature’s Stimulus Package

  1. Very timely, just had mango cubes with my memorial day dinner. Now I know one of the reasons why I feel so unscathed by this pandemic is probably due to years of eating mangoes among other fruits has provided fortification to withstand crises. Heard about your blog from your cousin Marcia, enjoyed reading it. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Tanya The Mango Lady Blog May 26, 2020 — 12:38 am

      Thanks for stopping by the mango tree. Glad you were blessed.

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      1. I salivated while reading your delightful and deliciously tantalizing blog. Thank you for sharing all the medicinal benefits from consuming mangoes, wow, wow!! You are an AMAZING blogger. Blessings!!

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      2. Tanya The Mango Lady Blog May 28, 2020 — 6:57 am

        Lol. Dion thanks for stopping by the mango tree. Toast to mango season. Cheers.

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  2. Wow! Every time I read your blogs, I am blessed, inspired and informed! You are on top of your game, keep it up!
    Blessings!

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    1. Tanya The Mango Lady Blog May 25, 2020 — 9:09 am

      Thanks for stopping by the mango tree. Happy you were blessed. #thankful #grateful

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    2. Tanya The Mango Lady Blog May 26, 2020 — 12:37 am

      Thanks for stopping by the mango tree. Happy you were blessed

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  3. Amazing!
    There is an amazing sensation when one eats a MANGO! Thanks for sharing and we will hold down strongly to the advices. Prayers is the key during uncertain times and once you finish praying you may seal your prayer with a juice mango, created by God!

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    1. Tanya The Mango Lady Blog May 24, 2020 — 12:18 pm

      All i can say is Amen to that Julissa. Its a great season to give thanks. πŸ™‚

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    2. Belinda Paulicin May 24, 2020 — 4:24 pm

      Thank you for the reminder that all is not lost during this crisis and the savor the blessings as they come. Thank God for mango season.

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      1. Tanya The Mango Lady Blog May 24, 2020 — 4:32 pm

        Thanks for stopping by the mango tree sis. . Yes indeed, the best may just be yet to come.

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  4. Cuz,
    I am without words. Indescribable. Par excellent! I always find pleasure in good reads. Yours are definitely at the top of the list. Thank you for focusing on those five points, they allowed for self-reflection. God has equipped you with so much and I’m happy our paths have intersected because you truly inspire me.

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    1. Tanya The Mango Lady Blog May 24, 2020 — 1:52 pm

      Thanks my dear. We have lots to give thanks for. Im thankful for you. πŸ₯°

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    2. Tanya The Mango Lady Blog May 24, 2020 — 2:59 pm

      Thanks cuz. We have lots to give thanks for. Im thankful for you. Thanks for the like and share.

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  5. Tanya- Thank you for putting mangoes and the forces and benefits of nature back in context. Stay well Mango Lady! ❀

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    1. Tanya The Mango Lady Blog May 24, 2020 — 9:41 am

      Thanks for visiting the mango tree Gary. Stay safe.

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  6. Desmond Alufohai May 24, 2020 — 11:54 am

    Dear Mango Lady: Your blog about Mangoes is instructive, timely and invaluable. I always thought “a mango a day…” The health benefits are incredible and I will surely explore some of the recipies you graciously provided. On my way now to the market to get some delicious mangoes.
    Please stay safe my friend.

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    1. Tanya The Mango Lady Blog May 24, 2020 — 12:20 pm

      That’s fantastic. Its indeed a great season to give thanks. June in National Mango Month and July 22 is officially National Mango day. Mark your calendar Mr. Protocol. πŸ˜„

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  7. Cordell Williams-smith May 24, 2020 — 9:20 am

    It is so refreshing to read your stories and reflection on this wonderful fruit that God has place on this earth. The recipes will be tried I will let you know… thx Empress

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    1. Tanya The Mango Lady Blog May 24, 2020 — 9:43 am

      Thanks Cordell. We have a lot to give thanks for. Its a mango-licious life! Save me a slice of your mango pie . πŸ™‚

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  8. Omg, the mangoes are stunning! You are right – this pandemic has nothing on mangoes. Thank heavens for that!

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    1. Tanya The Mango Lady Blog May 23, 2020 — 8:56 am

      Thanks for stopping by the mango tree!

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  9. Your pictures under the mango tree are everything! 😍

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    1. Tanya The Mango Lady Blog May 22, 2020 — 10:53 am

      Thanks sis. Felt like time stopped. Vibes were nice under the mango tree 😊

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  10. Awesome message, Mango Lady! Stay well.

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