Green Mangoes from a Roving Vendor
These green mangoes are in abundance during the summer season in the Philippines specifically during the month of March. They are crunchy and very sour and traditionally eaten with anything that is salty like shrimp paste (bagoong na alamang) or salt with lots of red hot pepper (siling labuyo). Green mango is popularly known as a craving food for women who are in their early stage of pregnancy (paglilihi), and also a popular appetizer served plainly or as a salad.
The green mangoes in this photo are from a roving vendor who sells them in a crowded and very popular park in Manila. Roving vendors carrying this scale-like basket in their shoulders filled with fresh looking green mangoes are common sight in crowded places. During the peak season these green mangoes are priced around PhP20.00 (US$0.48) – PhP30.00 (US$0.71) per piece. However during off season these green mangoes are priced much higher, from PhP50.00 (US$1.19) – PhP60.00 (US$1.43) per piece and can only be bought from high end supermarkets, restaurants and bars.
In this photo a used bottle with water can be seen beside the mangoes. It is for the purpose of washing the peeled mango but it is seldom needed because the vendors are very expert in peeling the mango without their bare hands touching the peeled mango. While being peeled the mango is inserted into a small plastic bag to avoid the vendor from touching the peeled mango. The same plastic bag is given to the customer so he can carry along and eat the mango while strolling in the park.