Mango, Mangifera indica Cashew or Poison Ivy family.
Ripe mangoes are typically eaten fresh, however they can be used to make juices, smoothies, ice cream, fruit bars, pies and jam. Mangoes are generally sweet, although the taste and texture may vary depending on where they are grown. I brought home some of the jam from Belize on my last trip and it was some of the best stuff I had ever eaten. In
Central America, Mango is eaten green, mixed with salt, vinegar, black pepper and hot sauce or ripe in various forms.
Mangoes go through four stages, green, turn, ripe and overripe. Mango blossoms are small pink flowers covering the tree beginning in January. These blooms transform into tiny green mangoes around May and then slowly fill out and turn a reddish tint getting ready for the rain showers in June. The Mangoes start to ripen in June.