This year mango season has been more bountiful than ever and with a few trees around our neighbourhood we are replenishing our stores. My friend Benjie came around last week for a visit and we did a little DIY and fashioned a poor man’s mango picking stick.
We have a beautiful mango tree on our fence line which hangs over our shed, often at night you will hear a load thump on the roof. Fruit bats are going to town on the lush fruit which is ripening on the tree. We need to keep picking the fruit as they ripen to stop them from rotting on our roof top as we didn’t manage to trim back the tree during the winter time. I am sure we won’t forget this year as the startling noise of dropping mangoes wakes this girl in her sleep.
Benjie has just come back from a three-month visit to her homeland where she spent some time with her family. Missing the Aussie summer she was stoked to see mangoes everywhere and being able to take a basket full home with her was good news. Benjie was telling me while she was in the US, a family member bought some mango and was feeding it to her daughter, when she slipped a piece she was not satisfied with the flavour – thinking to her self that it was nothing like a mango. Our Aussie mangoes must be pretty special as Benjie didn’t want to tell the little girl that what she was tasting was not a real mango.
I didn’t want to let Benjie go with just a couple of mangoes so we created a picking stick. We just used a nail and put it at the top of the stick. We bent it to an L-shape which was facing down, so we could tug at the mangoes to help them down. We still had to catch the mangoes as they fell to the ground.
After speaking to another neighbour they told me about having a bag attached to the stick so when you pick the fruit they then fall into the bag – brilliant, I know. Next round of mango picking we may just improve our mango stick.