When summer time rolls around, I get to eat my weight in mangoes on St. Croix! This Cruzan Foodie Fave grows in abundance all around the island starting in May and it gets to the point that mangoes on St. Croix outnumber people on St. Croix! As the local saying goes, “It geh mango knocking dog!” I truly have no idea what something that is plentiful has to do with hitting a dog but hey… I’m simply sharing lol Mangoes on St. Croix are basically coming out of our ears and we find various ways of using them!
Mangoes are sold at roadside vendors, the farmers market, mangoes being offered in the supermarket parking lot from a friend or family member or mangoes in the backyard! See what I mean? Mangoes are literally EVERYWHERE!
There are so many mangoes on St. Croix that each year we have an event known as Mango Melee! It is the premier foodie event of the summer held at St. George Village Botanical Garden. Here, attendees can learn anything and everything there is to know about mangoes on St. Croix complete with a mango-eating contest, educational workshops, purchase foods and drinks made with the ever-popular fruit plus a host of other fun mango-centered activities for guests! Due to COVID-19, the 2020 Mango Melee went virtual but it was still a fun time celebrating the beloved fruit! Check out this year’s virtual event here.
Remember my #FoodieFriday post about Armstrong Ice Cream? Well, they make mango ice cream too – all year round to boot! You can enjoy a creamy cup or cone of sweet, rich mango ice cream that will make any mango lover sing psalms to the heavens!
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My all-time favorite mango made item? Mango juice from Ital in Paradise! The owner, Chris, can pretty much make a juice from anything. His mango juice, however, is made with freshly picked mangoes, a touch of water and sweetened with brown sugar. He puts other stuff in it that makes it fan-freaking-tastic but it’s pretty much a mango party on your taste buds! Be sure to stop in at 22-20B Queen Cross Street in Christiansted, St. Croix and give one of his local drinks a try. Tell him Cruzan Foodie sent you!
In the meantime with all the mango knocking dog around St. Croix, we’ll be busy getting our fill of this cherished fruit while it is in season!
Anquanette Gaspard is a food and travel entrepreneur, freelance writer, blogger, and social media influencer, based in St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands. Anquanette uses her blog, CruzanFoodie.com, and social platforms to share her experiences in a way that is authentically Caribbean.