Mango or Jackfruit?

sun on sky during sunset
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There’s respite,

And yes, summer does prove that,

Downing us with her heat,

Oh! So unbearable that summer sun is,

She brings with her lot of fruits to slurp and devour,

Which one to choose from her vast array,

I become a child again,

While the summer sun lords over the pale blue sky.

yellow round fruit on green leaves
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The bright yellow ripe mangoes,

Fragrance fills the tummy before they go in a while,

Slurping the juice from its skin, like my grandma once taught me as a kid,

Any time of the day it delights, young and old alike,

Be it fresh from the orchards,

Or from your own home grown garden,

You may relish them in a curry or a dessert,

They taste well as a whole, they satiate your every need,

Greed gets better and you pickle them with spices to be savoured in those rainy monsoons,

A whole new world opens and you remember those summer days slurping mangoes in the noon.

green jackfruit
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But wait!

Summer isn’t complete without a bite of the jackfruit,

A bite, you say! While I want whole of it,

The corridors of grandma’s home is filled with jackfruit’s breeze,

We sit around, palms greased with coconut oil: lest the white overflowing gum stick to our hands,

Ready to cut open the hardy jackfruit,

Grandma prepares many delicacies from this nectarous fruit,

But I like them whole,

Separating its golden coloured layers from the seed and eating them whole,

Bite by bite, one by one,

Which one do I choose,

Mango or Jackfruit?

If I declare Jackfruit to be the King of fruits,

Sturdy and hard,

Mango, is definitely a Queen,

Tender and delicate,

Delicious in their own right,

Slurping,

I become a child again,

While the summer sun lords over the pale blue sky.

297 words.

We celebrate the onset of spring, ” Vasantha ” ( meaning Spring) by having fruits and fruity delicacies for dinner. The date varies each year, but mostly it is celebrated in the month of May.

Acknowledgements :- Thank you Kim for hosting this wonderful challenge at dVerse- poetics. The prompt :- think of a fruit, how it looks before and after it has been cut open, and how it tastes. For rules please refer here. Thank you all for stopping by and reading.

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  1. Oh, beautiful written, Aiswarya. Fruits are the only consolation summer provides. I love mangoes and jackfruit. But I lean a bit more towards mangoes. Loved this poem. It brought back many found memories.

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  2. Oh Mangoes please. Always.
    For slurping. Yes.
    And Mamey? If you’ve never had it, you must: skin like a thick kiwi; texture similar to avocado. Big seed inside.
    Tastes like a baked sweet potato, with hints of apricot, peach, and pumpkin. Imagine that!
    I’m told you can purchase them in Florida.
    Jackfruit? Don’t know it. We have Breadfruit. But it’s not a fruit. 😂
    Thanks for sharing. Loved knowing all this. Be well. I wish you miracles

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    1. Thank you very much. 🙂 I haven’t gotten a chance to try Mamey, but they sound delicious through your description. Breadfruit and jackfruit are different, we make curries and snacks out of breadfruit. Thank you very much for stopping by. 🙂

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  3. I love mangoes, but I would give jackfruits a chance, if only I could find some! You are so right about summer respite bringing fruit to enjoy, which makes me think of cocktails, sorbets and other fruity delights, and then you reminded me of mangoes in curry – delicious! I love the image you paint of the ‘yellow round fruit on green leaves’ and the way you pause the poem before you switch to the jackfruit and the ‘corridors of grandma’s home…filled with jackfruit’s breeze’. My favourite lines:
    ‘We sit around, palms greased with coconut oil: lest the white overflowing gum stick to our hands,
    Ready to cut open the hardy jackfruit’
    and,
    ‘Separating its golden coloured layers from the seed and eating them whole,
    Bite by bite, one by one’.

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  4. A sumptuous feast for the senses, Kitty! I love the lines: you pickle them with spices to be savoured in those rainy monsoons / A whole new world opens and you remember those summer days slurping mangoes in the noon. I grew up eating those sunny yellow ones from Pakistan, they’re just delish 🙂

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  5. These words are my life of summer!!! This year we missed to visit native and missed these fruits. I love both equally and varieties of dishes made of it.. :p
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