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Fairchild Garden's International Mango Festival: A Celebration of Fruit (Photos)

Have you caught mango fever?
Have you caught mango fever?
All photos by Laine Doss

Thousands of people braved the humidity and sunburn to celebrate all things mango at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden's annual International Mango Festival this weekend.

The festival attracts both locals and visitors obsessed with the fleshy tart/sweet fruit, who came to devour everything from mango bread to mango wine and immerse themselves in mango-scented soaps and mango candles.

If purity is your thing, actual mangoes were on sale, as well. From sliced green Colombian mangoes that resembled a cross between jicama and a green apple to rare and exotic varieties on the auction block, people clamored for their favorite Kent and Alphonso mangoes to eat at the festival or take home.

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Visitors in the know visited the mango marketplace where, for two bucks, thousands of mangoes were available, each one hand-marked with their variety. And, of course, there was the popular tree nursery where you could pick out your very own baby mango tree -- although you'll have to wait a few years for your baby to bear fruit.

Fairchild Garden's International Mango Festival: A Celebration of Fruit (Photos)

At the mango tasting room, visitors could sample nearly a dozen rare mangoes, including the Alphonso, said to be the pinnacle of mango good taste.

Fairchild Garden's International Mango Festival: A Celebration of Fruit (Photos)

Not all mangoes are soft and sweet. In Colombia, crunchy mangoes are eaten for their tartness. A squirt of lime juice and a dollop of hot sauce punch up the flavors.

Fairchild Garden's International Mango Festival: A Celebration of Fruit (Photos)

Who says you can't get a buzz from a mango? Schnebly's Redland's Winery hosted wine tastings featuring their famous fruit-based wines.

Fairchild Garden's International Mango Festival: A Celebration of Fruit (Photos)

Rare fruits were put on the auction block, where a tray of mangoes could go for a few hundred dollars.

Fairchild Garden's International Mango Festival: A Celebration of Fruit (Photos)

Remember that scene of Bubba Gump? Well...there's mango jam; mango jelly; mango salsa; mango cake; mangoade; mango smoothies; mango tea; mango cake; mango ice cream; mango cookies...

Fairchild Garden's International Mango Festival: A Celebration of Fruit (Photos)

Planning for the future. Baby mango trees were available for sale -- so you can "grow your own." Mangoes, that is.

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Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden

10901 Old Cutler Road
Coral Gables, FL 33156

305-667-1651

www.fairchildgarden.org


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