We have a mango tree in our front yard that is small enough that we can pick the fruit fairly easily. The problem is that the birds always get to them before we do.
That wouldn’t be so bad (I don’t mind sharing,) except that they eat the fruit a day or two before it becomes fully ripe. They take a couple bites, and then the mango won’t get ripe, wasting it for all of us.
A solution is to put paper bags around the fruits. Labor-intensive, yes, but worth it.
Then the problem becomes, how do you see when the mangoes are ripe enough to pick them, since the paper bags are not see-through?
I came up with a method that would let me see when the mangoes were ripe, without opening the bags to look at the fruit. No, not x-ray vision!
I tied a loop of twine (actually, electrician’s fishing line–they use it to pull wiring, or “fish” it, through walls and such.) to the bag and the branch. When the mango is ripe, the twine goes taught, and I can easily tell that mango is ripe.
Here’s how to do it:
Place a paper bag around the mango. Tie around the neck of the bag (not too tightly) with one end of the twine.
Tie the other end to a sturdy branch nearby. Usually that’s the part of the branch the mango is on the end of.
Be sure to leave a loop of twine. When the mango gets ripe, it naturally falls from the tree. It takes the bag with it, causing the string to go slack.
This will only work on fruits that fall off on their own when ripe. Otherwise, the fruit will just hang there on the tree and rot in the bag.
But it’s so worth it, to have unblemished, uneaten mangoes from your tree!
I’m not sure if this will also work for stopping the fruit flies, or whatever but it is that stings the mangoes and fills them with worms. But it’s working great to keep the birds off.
Then you can use those delicious mangoes in this recipe for Mango Frozen Yogurt. There are also recipes for Mango Ice Cream and other combinations with other fruits, in my book, The New Scoop: Recipes for Dairy-Free, Vegan Ice Cream in Unusual Flavors (Plus Some Old Favorites.)