Liv Hambrett

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The First Mango

Like Christmas beetles and cicadas, the smell of bushfire smoke and sunscreen, a big, ripe, sunset-coloured mango is one of the stalwarts of an Australian summer. And if you can get them in a tray, bought from a truck on the side of the road, even better. My inaugural 2012 summer mango didn’t come from a truck on the side of the road, he was plucked from a tray in Coles because on my way out, through the fruit and veg section, I smelt those mangoes and I turned right back around and bought one. Then I carried it carefully to work – where I just held it and pushed my nose up against it every so often, to breathe in its summery scent – and home again, not wanting to bruise that sweet flesh, and told my Mum not to eat it. She ate it. But she replaced it with one just as sunset-coloured, just as sweet, just as fragrant.

And this weekend, I ate it, my first mango of the season, in the most inelegant, satisfied fashion possible. Come on, Summer.






  1. Crissouli

    19 November, 2012 at 12:08 pm

    There is nothing so good as that first mango of the season… mine came from Coles as well, why wouldn’t it, as they were on a sale for 3 for $5… what a pity I’m the only one who loves them. 🙂

    You’ll miss them in Germany…..

  2. Starr

    19 November, 2012 at 12:54 pm

    Hi, you can visit the Philippines. It is where I live. we have lots of sweet mangoes in here. I know you’ll love it. 🙂

    1. Liv

      20 November, 2012 at 12:56 pm

      I would love to visit the Phillipines! I will get there some day …

  3. trishie

    19 November, 2012 at 3:09 pm

    Ah mango season is here. I actually saw trays of mangos on sale by the roadside on the weekend. I’ve yet to have my first mango of the season but not for long….

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    1. Liv

      20 November, 2012 at 12:57 pm

      Why thank you, I had to enter, those champagne buckets are great.

  4. beedia

    19 November, 2012 at 11:52 pm

    I’ve never really been a big mango fan, but after reading your posts, I’m quite compelled to try it again! It seems like I’ve been a little hasty in my decision….definitely going to give it another chance 😉

    1. Liv

      20 November, 2012 at 12:57 pm

      You MUST! Fruit of the Gods.

  5. Pauleen

    25 November, 2012 at 12:13 am

    Here I am in mango-land and can’t eat them. My grandson had a beauty this afternoon -ripe with the colours of sunshine and sunsets.

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