OK, well the winter solstice hasn’t taken place yet, as that officially occurs on December 21, 2014. However close enough, where the Shibata Mango tree at Mom’s place in the east Oahu area is for some uncanny reason, right now in the late month of November to early December 2014, FULL of mature, harvest-ready mangoes! Crazy, right?!
We’ve NEVER seen this happen before during (around) winter with any Mango trees in the area; and it must also be noted that this particular Shibata Mango Tree is the ONLY one currently full of mangoes as of this writing. Her place also also has a Pirie Mango Tree that’s currenty empty as it should be of fruit, or even of flowers for that matter, as are every other mango tree in the neighborhood, if not the entire Hawaiian island chain.
Of course I turned to Google to find out if there’s a variety of mango that’s known to bear fruit during winter, coming across one called Choc-anon, a.k.a. “miracle mango”, a Thai Mango that’s known to have two harvesting seasons per year, in summer and winter.
Choc-anon Mango. Photo courtesy of TropicalFruitNursery.com
While the Thai Choc-anon Mango is said to have a sweet, firm and fiber-free flesh, the Shibata Mango is quite the opposite, being more tangy and very stringy, which makes it ideal for pickled mango and mango seed, albeit not as good for eating fresh off the tree. That said, except for color when ripe, they do resemble each other in appearance, so there could be some similarities in their strains.
It seems due to climate, rain, winds and/or soil conditions (the tree isn’t treated with any chemicals) this Shibata’s harvest got totally delayed, as it hardly bear any fruit this past summer, only now in late November and December at its peak harvest… and that’s just weird, weird, WEIRD!
Are there any mango trees that you’ve seen in your area that was or is full of fruit and ready for harvest way out during an off-season, (anytime NOT during summer)?