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A Dangerous Harvest

October 19, 2012

Today’s posting comes from a guest blogger – The Gardener himself.  We learn an important lesson about mangoes.


Well, for the first time, our Mango tree bore a modest  crop of nice large fruit.  I have gone out over several days and picked about a dozen delicious gems.

The offending mangoes

Around the same time I noticed some itchy bumps starting to appear on my arms and hands.  Later, my eyes started to itch and swell a bit.  To make a long story short, after developing rash on several parts of my body, I remembered learning that mango trees are on the same family as poison oak.  The sap contains urishiol, the chemical responsible for poison oak/sumac/ivy rashes.  Luckily, it is only in the sap (including leaves and skin of the fruit) but not the fruit meat.

Harvest Manager… peel me a mango, please!

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Ellen permalink
    October 19, 2012 11:49 am

    Sounds like a good start to a pitcher of Sangria! That will cure what ails you! 🙂

    • October 19, 2012 4:23 pm

      I can say with some conviction that the mangoes themselves are quite yummy!

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