Last week we picked the last of the mangos from my yard.
These stragglers were still not yet ripe but they faced rotting if left on the tree.
And, sure enough, yesterday the monsoon arrived in earnest.
Having left the hotel in Mysore we headed north.
Along the roadside were serried ranks of fruit sellers, each with pyramids of fresh ripe mangos on their carts.
With so much competition, the vendors were signalling passing traffic to stop and buy.
Using the excuse of it being a good idea to stretch our legs, we decided to make a brief stop
Incredibly sweet, beautifully ripe and dripping with juice: they were delicious.
It took almost a full bottle of mineral water to clear the stickiness from my hands!
Each is over 12 inches (30 cm) long.
They are fine specimens and extremely tasty.
Their total weight is more than 66 lbs. (30 kg)
Our mango crop has also been harvested
– only eleven fruits –
But that’s a ten-fold increase on last year.
And the pomegranates are in flower…