June 15, 2017
In fact, the 9th Annual Mango Festival is coming up on July 9th in Kailua-Kona. But before the mangoes are fully ripe, there’s still time to make pickled mango.
For those not familiar, pickled mango might be a purely Hawaiian treat, found at roadside stands and in aunty’s fridge.
The idea of pickling mango isn’t unique to Hawaii, per se. Preserving mangoes is done all over Asia and Australia; where ever mangoes are regularly grown. India pickles mangoes in a chutney that is delicious over any rice or chicken.
Hawaii, however, has its own flavor for the pickles, usually derived from li hing mui or five spice. And everyone I know eats them straight out of the jar.
Since we live in place that grows mangoes, it’s easy to get your hands on the fruit before it is ripe. Supermarkets might not be the best place since their intention is to sell the fruit ready to eat. But if you live here, it's certain that someone near you has a tree or the farmer’s market is a great go-to.
Below is a recipe from Sam Choy, our own local celebrity chef. If you’ve never had pickled mangoes, be aware, it’s an acquired taste. But if you know pickled mango, you will gobble these up.