We are currently in the midst of hot season, and the hot season in Niger is pretty intense. It is really hot, all the time, from the morning until night, and after a while it starts to make you crazy. It is hard to even get through the day sometimes, because you wake up in the morning and it is already really hot and you want to have coffee, but it feels too hot to have coffee, but you have it anyway and you start sweating by 6:00 AM, and the electricity goes out all the time, and you know that tomorrow will be more of the same. And so will the next day, etc.
But there is a silver lining – yes, the hot season brings with it many difficulties, but it also heralds the arrival of one of my favorite things in life: Mangoes!
They are everywhere this time of year, in all shapes and sizes. They are sold on almost every street, and you can find them piled high in little stalls and rolling along on wheelbarrows and carts.
I’m especially thinking of my dad today because it’s his birthday and he’s the one who taught me to love fruit so much, especially mangoes!
There is a variety of different techniques for mango-eating. In the following series of photos, Leon will demonstrate a number of them. It should be noted that mango-eating is an extremely personal endeavor; it is more of an art than a science, and there is no wrong way to eat a mango – as long as the juices drip down to your elbows and cover the entirety of your torso.