Mango Rich

Some people travel for culture. Others travel for the sights. I am in the small minority who travel to eat; I will fly to Tokyo for a bowl of ramen, or to Paris for croissants.

My latest epicurean curiosity took me to South Florida. I (always) have had mangoes on my mind since reading this article last year that described the bountiful harvest that Florida enjoyed last year. After being repeatedly disappointed by the underripe and unpleasantly tart mangoes sold at my local grocery stores, I booked a flight to Miami earlier this month. In spite of the temperamental weather and erratic rainfall which affected this year’s output, I still had an amazing time shopping for and eating mangoes.

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I also want to share photos of two matching sets that helped me survive the stifling heat and humidity that is a feature of South Florida.

As I was on a tight schedule, I didn’t have the luxury of cruising around Miami suburbs in search of free mangoes, so I opted to visit some well-known spots for mangoes.

+ Robert Is Here Fruit Stand

Robert Is Here is a Florida institution and a hot tourist attraction. I thoroughly enjoyed walking around gawking at the various exotic fruits on display and touching everything. Sadly, they only had three mango cultivars for sale on the day of my visit: the Mallika, the Pickering, and the Mahachanok. The price, $5.95/pound, also reflects the agritourism aspect of this fruit stand. (One unexpected perk: the cashiers at Robert is Here will peel and cut up your fruit purchases at no extra charge.)

On Instagram I noticed that Robert started selling the Florida Red Mango earlier this week, so I will be ordering a bushel for myself to eat and hoard.

+ Mangomen Homestead

I found a few small family-operated mango orchards and groves outside of Miami, but only had time for one stop and decided on Mangomen in Homestead. Mangomen is only open on the weekends in the summer and availability/volume varies from week to week. The Campbell family, who oversees the mango pop-up, is extremely friendly and generous–I got to taste several varieties before committing to my purchase. I ended up leaving with the following cultivars: Angie, Fairchild, Sunny, Manilita, Mallika, and Emerald; all of the mango varieties sold here are fiberless and are $5.50/pound.

+ Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden

I couldn’t find time on this trip to visit the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden but it’s home to some 550 mango varieties. I plan to return next July for its annual Mango Festival.

I packed several lightweight, loose-fitting wide-leg pant sets for this trip, as comfort is key in high humidity. Featured in this post is the GUNEST two-piece set (currently 20% off) in two colorways; the lightweight material, while far from luxe, is very flowy, soft, and easy to wear.

The cut is relaxed so size down if you are between sizes. I didn’t hem the pants but did have to wear them on my high waist to ensure the pant hems didn’t drag behind me.

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(The stickers you see on my pants are mosquito patches. They aren’t sufficiently effective in repelling mosquitoes on their own.)

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