Bare Your Fruits.
Everybody wants to taste fruit kissed lips. There is nothing more sensual than the drip of nature’s primal candies. There may be fruit growing on your own property, or rolling down someone’s fence, onto the sidewalk, staining white picket teeth. Seize what is yours. I would be hard-pressed to come up with a fruit that is not edible after being boiled or dried, even if the quantites must be precisely measured.
The Last Temptation.
The road is lined with mango trees nearly collapsing onto the path from the weight of their fruit. The fruit is so swollen with nectar that they almost burst through the skin just enough to split the seams, to tease you. They are on the verge of falling from grace, exploding at the ‘feet’ of the fiery seraphim. We will be under them in the night. Their final night.
The archaeology club president (Our club won club of the year for ’11-’12 at Flagler College, go Saints!) needs to do something with the mangos trees in her yard. She swoons that they are the fruit of love and wish-granting in India, and wants to surprise her lover with mangoes in an array of forms so that he will have to fall deeper in love. Realistically, working with a mango is just as foreign to her as the edible love spell they represent. So for the next 3 months I present the recipes that I’m writing for her, showcasing mango use in Puerto Rico.
Earn Your Wings.
I believe these popsicles are called limber because American aviator Charles Lindbergh (Hard to pronounce in Spanish!) flew to Puerto Rico on a Latin American tour (the Good Will Tour) in the late 1920s. I’m thinking that popsicles were growing in popularity at that point due to the rising popularity of buying refrigerators, though I don’t have the consumer statistics.
Limber de Mango
Mango 1 medium: ripe, peeled, and pitted
Half and half 1/4 cup
Evaporated milk 2/3 cup
Vanilla extract 1/4 tsp
Yield: 2 cups of liquid
- Blend all ingredients in blender until smooth.
- Pour into 3 oz. disposable cups and place cups in a baking dish in case any fall over and spill. OR pour into popsicle molds.
- Freeze overnight. If you used cups, after the limber have frozen overnight, squeeze the sides of the cups until the limber pop up, kind of like Push-Pops.