Wednesday, February 06, 2008

Mangue Seche....

That is the Fillipino word for dried mangoes, in Chichewa: mango ofutsa!! Last night my classmate from the Philippines, Grace Sanico, introduced me to dried mangoes. The yellow juicy part of the fruit is pealed off and preserved for sale in packets that cost quite something. I was amazed by the taste....just like eating the Malawian mango ang'onoang'ono, maboloma ndi chiyambadodo . This is something Malawi needs to seriously think about.

During the rainy season when mangoes are at their peak, thousands (maybe millions) of the fruit are wasted because there is heavy focus on eating them fresh. If a batch is not sold within days the mangoes rot, and in the villages it is common to see flies buzzing around trees because of the decaying delicacy.

Imagine, if Malawi imported the technology of presevering mangoes!! The fruit could be enjoyed all year long and earn foreign exchange through exports. Malawians going abroad for further studies could possibly drop a packet or two of the mango ofutsa into their suitcases to help ease home-sickness.

2 Comments:

At 8 February 2008 at 09:09:00 CET, Blogger Victor Kaonga said...

I would have loved to carry that seche too but I thought carrying ufa, nyemba and mpunga wonunkhira was more helpful than maboloma akowo!

 
At 8 February 2008 at 13:46:00 CET, Blogger Joe Mlenga said...

Nsima lovers...welcome back to Sverige

 

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