“You’re craving green mangoes? Are you pregnant?”
Is it a myth that women gravitate towards green mangoes most especially when pregnant? I wonder. But I can attest that there was one time I HOGGED a whole bowl of green mangoes from my sister. I didn’t know I was pregnant then. My sister knew better than to tease me. So a day later, when I found out I WAS pregnant and told her about it, she shouted out “I knew it! I knew it! You were hogging the green mangoes! I knew it!”
I wonder why green mangoes are craved for by pregnant women. Is it because the mangoes have a distinct sweet-sour taste? Hmm. I’ve always loved green mangoes, especially when it’s bordering on the ripe side already. The Indian Mangoes in the picture are the perfect mangoes for me — not fully ripe, still a bit green on some sides, and still great with bagoong (shrimp paste). Funny thing is I don’t look for mangoes, I don’t crave it. But once a bowl is placed before me, well, make way for the mangoes hogger.
Do you know of anyone who had an intense craving for mangoes when they were pregnant? What’s your green mango-pregnancy story?