Weekend Gardening – Mango Trees In Our Backyard


Come summer, one finds a lot of mango flavor in our cooking, adding color, a tangy twist and a hint of sweetness to dals, curries, pachadis, pickles, salads, drinks, smoothies or desserts. We literally eat, drink and live, different varieties of mangoes not only from trees grown in our backyard but also from the farm in our village (ancestral home).

Our backyard is completely covered with mango and coconut tree branches and this summer the mango trees, are in full bloom, laden with 3 varieties of mangoes, suvarnarekha (lalpari), rasalu and kothapalli kobbari.

Mango tree in our backyard

The king of fruits happens to be our family’s best loved fruit and when its home-grown, freshly plucked off the tree (I just can’t describe the pleasure of plucking a mango right off the tree), still raw and green and placed in rice containers or hay stacks to ripen to a rich golden hue, its all the more treasured and relished.

Rasalu variety of mangoClose view of rasalu variety of mango
MamidikayaluClose view of mangoes

The other day, I was able to capture an image of a snake sliding off the mango tree into the nearby rocks.

Snake found sliding off the mango tree a few days ago

Weekend Gardening – Mango Trees In Our Backyard

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Come summer, one finds a lot of mango flavor in our cooking, adding color, a tangy twist and a hint of sweetness to dals, curries, pachadis, pickles, salads, drinks, smoothies or desserts. We literally...

Sailu

I'm a food blogger, food photographer and organic gardener based out of India. I enjoy cooking for my family using fresh produce from my vegetable garden and farmer's market. I love to try out various cuisines and perfect my cooking skills. I believe that hard work, self-discipline, and a positive attitude cannot help but reap a harvest of fantastic results. Say hello and join me on Pinterest, Google Plus, Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

25 Responses

  1. sharmi says:

    Waw Sailu, you were not scared while shooting the pic of the snake? I would have run from that place.. LOL. lovely pics of mango. I wish I was in India with a backyard mango grove etc. envy you grrrr.
    Have a nice weekend.

    Honestly, Sharmi, I wasn’t scared. I was at a safe distance.:)

  2. bee says:

    yikes!!! snakes!!! sailu, you are truly blessed to live amidst nature’s abundance. thanks for sharing these pics.

    Your most welcome, Bee.

  3. Susana says:

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  4. laxmi says:

    Hi sailuji,

    what beautiful pictures of mango tree!!!

    I last saw mango trees in my father’s fields (pollam), 6 years back. WOW, snake in your backyard. That is really scary. How do deal with such problems?

    laxmi

    Its a rare sight, Laxmiji. You will find quite a few rare birds and snakes (once in while) around our home since we have a lot of trees and plants. Never had any problem so far.:)

  5. Priya says:

    Sailu – You are lucky to be having a backyard with trees. Your mango trees seem to be laden this year.

    We had a good yield this summer, Priya.

  6. Suganya says:

    For all of us not blessed with a backyard, lets ‘sigh’ looking at yrs.. When did u start taking wildlife photography?? I wudnt even go near the tree, let alone take pictures..

    I actually saw the snake from the bedroom window in the afternoon and the first thought was, I need to take a picture.:). I took my camera and went to the backyard and by then it had moved along the branches and camouflaged with the green leaves. It took me a while to find it and immediately shot some pictures before it slid away into the rocks along the hill. Its not the first time I have spotted a snake, Suganya. We live close to the hill, with a lot of greenery and during summers because of the heat, they come out and are quite harmless, atleast we haven’t had any problems so far. I think I should do a post on just the birds which visit our garden.:).

  7. sandeepa says:

    Not fair, not fair…not at all :)
    Would have loved to spend entire summer there.

    Its all my pleasure, your most welcome, Sandeepa.:):)

  8. madhuli says:

    Lovely photos from your backyard..and snakes! now i am scared!

  9. Cynthia says:

    It is for reasons as stated in your post and shown in the pics that I love the Caribbean where these things are in our backyard. Sailu, we are truly blessed to be living in such places, you and I and all the others that do.

    Now, about that snake, I don’t think we would readily see one in these parts, particularly in a mango tree but if I did, I’d grab my camera and run for dear life and probably would not want to venture next the tree for a long times because of my fear of snakes. Hat’s off to you :)

  10. Nabeela says:

    You are so lucky to have beautiful mango trees in your backyard…now as for the snake…I think I feel more lucky than you when it comes to a snake free living 😉

  11. prema says:

    Hi Sailu,
    lovely mangoes..There used to be a very nice mango tree in my house too when we were in chennai. I remember me and my dad buying a small mango plant from the nursery and planting it in our backyard. it grew in to a big tree in a few years and we loved playing under it. but never had a snake..

  12. lavanya says:

    The mango season heralds in a new season of home-sickness for me here- esp. because my home back in India, has beautiful mango trees with yummy fruits. It’s a pleasure watching fragrant blossoms, and then young mangoes transform into juicy fruits…
    As for the snake, that’s part of nature too.
    Nice pictures and lucky you :)

  13. Sreelu says:

    Sailu,

    Wow nothing beats Mango’s in summer in India. We never get raw mangos here so most of the time I have to add lime juice to make it tart for this pachadi. did the same things few weeks ago on my blog

  14. Deepika says:

    Hi Sailu,

    I am Deepika and i work for AT&T in Texas and reading your blog and deccan for me is like having tea at afternoon.

    I really love the way you express your thoughts and bring that out in food.

    I never lived close to a farm all my life and these pictures makes me miss so much.

    Can you tell me more about yourself like your educational background,kids ,hobbies.what made you start this site?

    I am a mother with 2 kids 2 1/2 and 1 yr old and this is just a way of mine in knowing how others are taking care of things in there lives ,making artistic things and makes me think of how life is different and beautifull other than running from house to job with no time to spare for.

    Please post me on these .

    Thanks

  15. Latha says:

    Sailu, the mango trees look beautiful. I remember our house way back in India when we had mango trees in our backyard. Not anymore ! You should share some more pictures of your beautiful home!

  16. caroline says:

    Eeek! I don’t like snakes (scared to death of them). However, I do love mangos. Mango ice-cream, mango smoothie, mango ANYTHING! Gorgeous tree and beautiful photographs. Reminds me of my parents home in Hawaii. Thank you for sharing.

  17. appu says:

    ammo paamu….asalu ela theeyagaligaaru aa picture chusthuntene naaku chaala bayam vesindi….really you are “something”.
    you have lots of great qualities that a lady must have.
    mi website chusinappudalla naaku edo inspiration vasthundi and chala happy gaa vuntundi…i am not able to stop and not able write also…..hmmmm…..great.
    this is my first post ever in websites like this.
    thanks.

    —-sailu gaaru nenu ee comment wrong place lo post chesanandi fist time kada and that too paamu photo chusina feeling tho kuda ala aindi miku veelaithe aa wrong place lo remove cheyyandi. naaku inka bayam thaggaledandi baabu….inthaki ela theeyagaligaaro emo i am not able to imagine it.

  18. precilla says:

    I live in Florida and I enjoy the best variety mangoes I have in my front and back yard , I do have coconut and custard apple trees and a beautiful salt water lake in my back yard where I catch good fresh fish. Ofcourse We had many mangoes growing in our yard back at home in Karwar North Kanara . I do take care of these trees as my children as my children have now grownup and are out studying .

  19. Paramvir sawhney says:

    I really enjoyed your garden shots (mango tree). Pl. post some more tree photos esp. jack fruit. I hope there are lot of trees in Vizag.

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