The experiences of being a mango!Have you ever eaten food without any distractions, enjoying the taste, lost in the flavour, with nothing else in your mind, other than the food you are eating? If yes, you are one lucky person. I would say you have experienced a piece of heaven. Enjoying the act of eating is an art too. When you chew it and it starts melting in your mouth, and the flavour kicks in, it is so delicious and you are like ,'I can never have enough of this'. Hmm, yummy! I bet you are thinking about your favourite food now.
I know, I know, you are wondering who am I and why in the world am I saying all these. I am a mango. Not any mango. To be precise, I am the Alphonso mango! The above said description, about enjoying your food, would fit any mango-lover. Who doesn't like me? I wonder sometimes, would there be anyone? Chances are rare.
More about me, I don't like boasting; but I am known as the "King of Mangoes". And it is for a reason too. I am very sweet, have a very rich flavour, and a creamy texture. I am very low in fibre content. All these make me a popular choice and much sought after variety of mango.
I like getting attention. When I am ripe and hanging from the branch of a mango tree, people look at me with admiration. I chuckle and think how all they want is to eat me, especially children! You know I am a seasonal fruit and I grow and ripen mostly during the summer vacation in India. So there are many naughty kids who love climbing my tree and pluck me. That is alright with me, but what hurts me is when they throw stones at me. Oh it hurts really badly! But I still love children, because they are my most innocent admirers, and I love my admirers! I make memories during their valuable childhood days, which they are going to cherish even after a long time. One such vivid memory they all will have is of getting beaten or at least getting threatened to be beaten up by the farmers or the aunties in their neighbourhood for trying to steal me! So much for me, right? That is why I said they are my most innocent admirers.
Apart from humans, I am food to insects and birds as well. But I have a complaint that they don't eat me in full. They sometimes take a bite from me and drop me. I wish they would eat me as whole. Never mind, I like to be of service to everyone. I am glad I am doing my bit. And let us not forget the delicious dishes and desserts you innovative humans prepare with me. Now, I have a request to all the humans. Please do not poison me with artificial ripeners which are toxic to yourself. Stop being selfish and money-ridden, thinking only of profit. Leave me in the exact form as nature intended. That is the best thing for you and your kids. I want to provide you with all the nutrients and goodness bestowed upon me. Let us spread goodness together.
This is my entry for
Me, a mango contest