Mango Chow

Trinidadians love mango chow and I am no different. This simple appetizer is great during hot evenings, with good company. It is seasoned green or half ripe mango with a little pepper (no cooking is required). Today we decided to add pommecythere (or golden apple) and cucumbers to the chow because we wanted to make a big bowl.

Mango ChowThis mango chow has mango, cucumbers and pommecythere. 

Now that mango is in season I make this often. The mango tree and pommecythere tree (spondias cytherea) is always at hand and laden, so I don’t have far to go, literally at arms reach, when I decide to make a chow. So if you have a salty, sour tooth like me instead of a sweet tooth try a little chow, you won’t regret it. If you’re not used to lots of pepper keep a glass of water at hand; it’s going to be hot!!

This Dou doux (do doose) mango tree has a lot of mango in it,
but the foliage has
hidden them .
Pommecythere (golden apple)





Black pepper


Pepper sauce

Chadon beni


Please note we did not put exact measurements because everyone have their own style and due to that you will have varying amounts of, any of the ingredients. So, let your taste buds be your guide.


Peel the green mango and pommecythere, and chop into thick strips. 

Cut up cucumbers and add to mango and pommecythere

Add pepper, salt, Chadon beni, black pepper,
grated garlic and a little water ( for sauce)
This looks mouthwatering

Coming up next, a little about mangoes. See you soon.

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6 Responses to Mango Chow

  1. Jen August 16, 2008 at 2:45 pm #

    What is Chadon beni? I don’t know if I can get it around here. Does it resemble anything?

    Sounds delicious. I love small dishes like this that don’t require cooking. We’re having a heat wave.

  2. August 16, 2008 at 6:14 pm #

    Hi Jen chadon beni is a pungent herb we use a lot when cooking. here’s a link to an earlier post to show you how it looks
    . As for any herb that is close to it you can try cilantro.

  3. Anonymous April 7, 2009 at 7:19 am #

    Oh my goodness!! Thank you thank you!!!! I lived in Trinidad for a while and this was my FAVORITE dish! I was looking everywhere for the recipe – you are rel bessss :)

  4. raz4125 April 7, 2009 at 12:16 pm #

    No problem :^)

  5. MRT April 15, 2009 at 4:46 am #

    This is amazing! I just got back from Trinidad and really wanted to bring some of the Chow home, now I can make it! :)
    On one site I found it said you can find chadon beni at Asian Supermarkets.
    This is very exciting! Thank you!
    Your pictures make me hungry! :P

  6. Abigail May 9, 2009 at 11:11 pm #

    I like your use of cucumber in the chow. I’ll have to try that.

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