The mangoes are still growing, they’re not yet ready to pick. These are windfalls. Most of our 22 mango trees are supposed to be Banganapalli, but we suspect they have got crossed with something else. Anyway, they are mangoes.
This year we have had no hailstorms, so the fruit haven’t been damaged. No fruit flies either, hurrah! We can stop arguing over whether we need to spray the trees with some kind of organic pesticide. (Srini says yes, I say no – which makes a change from our usual positions.) Those little red things in the picture are cashew fruit – sweet, sour, very astringent and flavorful. Definitely an acquired taste.
More importantly, it’s raining rain! This has become such a rare and wonderful event that I had to take a whole lot of ‘before’, ‘during’ and ‘after’ pictures. Topshe and Punkin Puss were wildly excited, and ran circles around us as we picked the mangoes. The rain has resumed after that last pic of Anilodharani glowing in the rosy evening light. We look forward to a rainy night!