When it’s Mango season in Hawaii, everyone on the island goes mango crazy. Mangoes grown in Hawaii are oh so delicious, sweet and definitely worth trying when you visit the islands. When the trees are loaded with mangoes, it’s a great time to start asking your friends if you can pick some or find some of the wild trees in secret spots that give the juiciest mangoes all for the taking. If you can’t find these spots to get the mangoes for free, then you can always check out the farmers markets, roadside stands or local markets for what’s available and ripe.
When is Mango Season in Hawaii?
When its mango season, you typically start seeing fruit availables at the farmers markets or local fruit stand from early June until October timeframe with the peak occurring towards the earlier part of the season.
Surprisingly, mangoes on the eastern areas of the Hawaiian islands are not as successfully grown compared to the west side of each island which has perfect sunny and dry weather that mangoes thrive in. The dry west side of each island produces larger, delicious fruit and better volumes for sale around the islands and various farmers markets. But even on the lush sides of the island, mangoes do grow closer to the ocean where the environment is dryer and more sunny, so you may find mango trees and fruit stands selling mangoes in season even on the east side of each island.
Some interesting mango trivia for you to ponder
With over 60 different varieties grown on the Hawaiian islands, it’s a favorite tropical fruit to eat when there’s a lot of places to purchase or even harvest the mangoes yourself.
From its first flowering to maturity, it takes over four to five months to full maturity and only one percent of the fruit ever make it to full maturity.
The mango is known as the ‘king’ of fruit and its name came from the Tamil word ‘mangkay’ which the Portuguese traders then adopted to the word ‘manga’
Did you know that fresh mangoes are eaten every day all around the world than any other fruit?
The mango is a member of the Anachardiaceae family which include plant relatives including the cashew, pistachio, Jamaica plum, and the very toxic poison ivy and poison oak. The sap from mangoes create different irritating to toxic reactions to many people.
Mangoes are bursting with protective nutrients. The vitamin content depends upon the variety and maturity of the fruit, when the mango is green the amount of vitamin C is higher, as it ripens the amount of beta carotene (vitamin A) increases.
Mango season in Hawaii
Visiting a local farmers market for mangoes in season
Best places to get mangoes would be at all the farmers markets throughout the islands or even some of the small roadside stands that you can find on a road trip on any island. Of course, if you happen to see a mango tree by the side of the road with some nice juicy mangoes, what a better way to get some as long as they are not on someone’s personal property, just help yourself to some Hawaiian mangoes.
Mango Festival in Hawaii
During the height of mango madness in Hawaii, we celebrate the mango fruit with different festivals throughout the islands to usher in the season. These offer a variety of mango presentations, samples and amateur mango competitions with recipes available on the winning entries. It’s fun to see how mangoes will be presented into sweet or savory dishes for the competition. Check out the various fruit events in the many Hawaii calendars for the mango festival and other fruit event around Hawaii. Also you can check out this guide of all the different tropical fruits from Hawaii and when they are in season.
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