I LOVE my house, well it’s not really my house it’s my Moms house and the house I grew up in. I live 10 minutes away with my husband, but it will always be my first home. My favorite part of my house it my patio and backyard. I live in Miami and I do not get to live by the beach, so what the next best thing…my lake!
My Mom always takes really good care of our house so our patio ALWAYS looks clean and put together, I know… it looks like a picture from a magazine. I always loved our backyard because it was a place where anyone could come and just relax, get away and contemplate life.
My Dad built our dock in THREE days, YES, only three days! He was amazing with his hands.
BUT my FAVORITE part of our back yard is our mango tree. This tree has come a LONG way. When we got it it was my height (5″7″). Now it is a monster bearing fruit for our family.
It is so exciting because this year we hit the jackpot with mangoes. We have enough mangoes for the whole neighborhood!
Look at those BIG JUICY MEATY mangoes. I cannot wait until they ripe, perfect with a smoothie.
So whats the big deal about mangoes. Here are some nutritional tid bits about mangoes and their amazingness from Wikipedia!
Mango is rich in a variety of phytochemicals and nutrients. The fruit pulp is high in prebiotic dietary fiber, vitamin C, diverse polyphenols and provitamin Acarotenoids.
Mango contains essential vitamins and dietary minerals.
Mango peel contains pigments that may have antioxidant properties, including carotenoids, such as the provitamin A compound, beta-carotene, luteinand alpha-carotene, polyphenols such as quercetin, kaempferol, gallic acid, caffeic acid, catechins, tannins, and the unique mango xanthonoid,mangiferin, any of which may counteract free radicals in various disease processes as revealed in preliminary research. Phytochemical and nutrient content appears to vary across mango species.
The mango triterpene, lupeol, is an effective inhibitor in laboratory models of prostate and skin cancers.[32
Besides all that good healthy fun stuff, mangoes are just so darn good!