When we first arrived in Tanzania is was the middle of mango season. On every street corner (and in between every street corner) were carts mounded with juicy, ripe, deliciousness. They were heavenly. Tim, Little E, and I ate something like 4 each day. Each of us. And they cost roughly a quarter. Maybe less.
A friend recently asked us if there was anything that we missed eating; anything that we used to get all the time (in Arusha) and now couldn’t. Mangos came to mind, but we can get those here. Sure they are not in season and wouldn’t taste great, but we can get them. Besides, once mangos were out of season in Tanzania they tasted just as terrible as they would out of season here. I thought about avocados too. These were available almost all year and, like the mangos, were absurdly cheap- by American standards.
So yes, there are things that we miss. But after last night’s dinner of baked Pollack with creamy leeks, a fresh* caprese salad (using heirloom tomatoes and fresh mozzarella cheese), and blueberries I’m in no rush to get back to the mangos.
* I realize that these things are not in season here in NC, and therefore, some would argue (usually myself included) not as good as if they were consumed in the height of freshness. But at the time it didn’t matter– we got them on sale, and they were delicious.