Green Mango Sauce

Apples that weren’t hard, dry and woody were difficult to find in South India during the 1950s and 1960s. Americans living there at the time who missed having apple sauce commonly substituted with homemade guava sauce and/or green mango sauce. Sweetening the sourness of green/unripe mangoes required a fair amount of sugar. When I saw these green mangoes in the store I thought I might revisit a nostalgic memory of green mango sauce, but with a bit less of the refined stuff.

green mango sauce

 

As I recall, the green mangoes we used for sauce were even less ripe than these.

green mango sauce

green mango sauce

green mango sauce

 

I remember as a boy, perched in one of our mango trees, eating green mangoes, skin included, with salt to tame the sourness. I usually used the coarse salt we used for making ice cream, but on at least a couple occasions I borrowed the salt shaker from off the dining table.

One evening, at supper, my dad asked if I knew where the salt shaker might be. I quickly excused myself from the table, ran out to the mango tree and retrieved the salt shaker from a crook in the branches.

I decided to cook the mangoes with apple juice to sweeten them up. Still quite sour, I added pineapple juice. Still not sweet enough, I threw in a little Demerara sugar.

green mango sauce

green mango sauce

green mango sauce

 

The mango sauce still has some tartness to it, but it’s very much the way I remember it.

green mango sauce

mango sauce

mango sauce



 

 


6 thoughts on “Green Mango Sauce

  1. Oh! I have never heard of doing anything with green/unripe mangoes. What a really interesting post. The info was so unique and I enjoyed hearing about the bits of history you wrote about. What a funny image of you forgetting the salt shaker in the mango tree. I’m 1000% jealous you had a mango tree growng up, lol!

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      1. Oooo! I can’t even imagine what that tastes like… It’s just totally foreign to me. But that’s what’s fun about tasting new foods. Especially mangoes, lol. If it’s gonna involve a mango I’m gonna have to be there.

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