We really miss the Mango tree. Who would have thought that a tree which merely developed a Pisa-like lean toward the south during hurricane Andrew would fall toward the north, during Katrina? The night it fell, we heard the roots cracking and groaning like wind-stressed branches. In fact, we did not realize we had lost the whole tree until after the storm was over.
Even before the Key Lime and the Grapefruit were cut down by the state, beneath the Mango was our best shady retreat. Now, the Coconut tree is the shelter of choice from the sun. You have to negotiate your shady spot if more than a few people want to be cool.
So, we are thinking about replacing the Mango. Each time I look into another species' shortcomings and advantages, it always brings me back to missing the Mango.
I think the fruit of a Mango tree should be free, for picking and sharing, from your own back yard. And, don't get me started on the Key Lime ....