by Erika Hope Alvarado
Mangos are a delicious fruit found in the wet tropics and are a popular local crop here in Costa Rica. However, you will not find them served at Finca Quijote. My mother has been deathly allergic to them my entire life and although I enjoyed them as a little kid, at some point I started to experience allergic reactions too. I normally avoid mango anything because I have no interest in finding out just how bad it can get “this time”.
Let's say you go check out the mangos at the grocery store. You pick a few up, smell them and bag them up. Your hands are a little sticky, but you just dust them off a bit and keep shopping. Well, unless you wash your hands, the very next thing you touch will get mango yuck on it. Maybe you pick up a watermelon, but then decide you don’t want it and put it back. I come along behind you and pick up the same watermelon, the residue gets on my hands and then I brush a hair out of my face. Nothing happens right away, but the next morning I wake up with my face on fire and have no idea how the mango got me. It is that crazy. My grandfather once brought mangos home and placed the bags on the car seat. He unloaded them and stored them where my Mom would not come in contact. Later that day, Mom sat on the car seat and the next day the back of her legs were on fire.
If you have someone in your life that is allergic to this delicious fruit, please be aware of what it can do to them.