Mangoes and jackfruits are ripe from last two months and it is end of season now. My memories of mangoes are the neatly stacked ones I am finding in the supermarkets here. But from last year, it seems less supplied here; don’t know the reason may be poor harvest in India and Pakistan. The cheaper mangoes come from Pakistan which is sweeter than the varieties come from India. But Indian mangoes have a large variety to choose from comparing to fewer from Pakistan. Jackfruit mainly comes from Kerala, but not at all of quality. Eating it just for the sake of eating. A small piece of jackfruit costs you Dh.10 onwards which in fact is not worth when you get poor quality of it. Mangoes and jackfruits are very costly here but back home we can get it free from our trees!!!
I like mangoes and jackfruit very much. May be because of getting it less here as my father puts it. Back home, we have few trees of both in our property but I am here whining. My summer vacation starts in July and I will be at Tirur or Kuttippuram in July and August. But by that time the season will be over for both except a few late comers on those trees.Mangoes are OK but the jackfruit absorbs monsoon and will be of no taste. I can only blame my summer vacation for this. But my father disagrees and his logic goes like this:-
In India, the summer vacation is in April and May. Mangoes and jackfruits are ripe by that time so the children enjoy it.
In UAE, the summer vacation is in July and August. Dates are ripe by that time so the children enjoy it.
So what matters is the place where we are.
Be at the right place at the right time, he says. (Ah, is it possible?)
Nature has placed certain fruits in plenty at places and other fruits will be cherished there as it goes for mangoes in UAE and dates in India, he adds.
What to do? Law of nature. Consoling. Is it?
(Pictures courtesy: mangoes-www.livinggoodhealth.com, jackfruit-www.cookhereandnow.com)