Red Mango

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Red Mango is popular snack in Trinidad and Tobago.

“Yuh want ah mango? Dance de shango……” As a child growing up in a more rural part of Trinidad, school days were really happy days. The opening sentence was part of a few nonsense call and answer rhymes we used while playing … some of them I can’t reproduce here for more reasons than one, for instance the rhyme for Tambran (tamarind) ….. ” Yuh want Tambran? …baby…..hahaha lol!! Those of you who know it will surely laugh at that one.

School Days are Happy Days

As I was explaining school days were happy days…. Back then there wasn’t much distractions and life was simple. We played ketch (catch); cricket, football (soccer), marble games (like three hole), rings, X and Dab ; and those of us who weren’t playing in the hot Caribbean sun would be raiding the fruit trees that were on the school’s compound, especially the large mango tree.

Our Love for Mango and Red Mango

It was war I tell you! That mango tree didn’t stand a chance. We pelted that poor mango tree with almost anything we could get our hands on: stones, pieces of branches, and even mango seeds. But it was all fun! There were very few injuries to talk about and everyone was happy to get a few mangoes.

During recess or lunch time we had a myriad of natural snacks to choose from, there were tambran (tamarind) ball, chili bibi, tooloom, paw paw ball, pennacool, pholourie, and of course the topic of today’s recipe, red mango. There were three types: soaked red mango, chinee mango, and sweet red mango.

The soaked red mango was made by soaking the pieces of mango in water that had red food colouring, salt, pepper, other seasonings, and preserving powder. The process took about a month for the colouring to completely penetrate the whole mango. The chinee mango was dry with a semi sweet taste that the chinese made or perhaps imported. Maybe it came from that famous Chinese shop on Charlotte Street we all go to to get our chinese preserved fruit :-)

Then of course we have the sweet red mango. This was the fastest to prepare of the three and it was packed with deliciousness from the skin right down to the seed. I’m sure it sold faster than the rest. It was almost addictive… Children chewed the seed until it was white. They even chewed the paper the sauce was on to get that last drop of sweet red mango sauce. Talk about flavour! The mango boiled with sugar, spice and a bit of pepper really hit the spot each and every time :-)

So, today based on a fan request from my facebook fanpage I have for you sweet red mango: a little piece of mouthwatering bliss from my childhood….. Don’t worry, you can chew on the seed ’til it is white; you have my permission. Enjoy :-)

Red Mango Recipe

Red Mango


6 green long mango
3 cups sugar
1 1/2 tsp. red food colouring (liquid)
1 piece of spice
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. pepper
2 cups water

Chop the green mango.
Place the chopped green mango and the pieces of spice in a deep pot.
Add the sugar…
And food colouring…
And bring to boil.
Boil mango for about 35 minutes until the syrup is thick.
The syrup is thick enough now and the mango skin soft.
Remove from the flame and set aside to cool.
Store in sterilized container.

Well that’s it for another wonderful week of posts. As usual more recipes to come.

Ah gone! :-)

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  1. jason says

    It was always my Idea that you had to boil the mangoes before you stewed them….Was I wrong or is that another way to do it ?

  2. jaSON says

    Hey Felix.. That method you are talking about with the “preserved salt” is that the on where you soak it in a solution? If that is true I would like you to share that method with me. I have been looking for it for years but no luck.. I am planning on making the sweet version. Thank you,

    • says

      Yep that’s the one. Unfortunately, I haven’t gotten around to that recipe because of secrecy of some people not wanting to share their recipe. But I’m not giving up on it just yet. I do hope someone with the recipe can share it.

  3. kedesha says

    I had a good laugh at your opening sentence. Carried me straight back to my childhood days. That was refreshing. I’m glad I saw this recipe. I’ve made in the past but apparently I was using the wrong mango because I would boil it and it would still be sour at the seed. Thanks for this recipe would be trying this with long mango..

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