Originally thought of as an exotic fruit from paradise the sensual Mango has now become a regular item in most markets. Here in New York City vendors carve the delicacies into artful flowers and sell them on the street corner offering a unique summer treat. In Haitian Vodou the serpent Lwa Simbi is offered mangoes. Cuban Santeria, meanwhile, as the fruit as a traditional offering for both Ochosi – lord of the hunt, and Oshun- the sensual Orisha of love and dance.
Oshun Mango Peach Salsa Recipe for Love
2 mangos, pitted, peeled and diced
3 small ripe peaches, pitted and diced
4 tomatoes, chopped and seeded
1 red onion, diced
1 yellow pepper, seeded and chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
3 tbs. Lime juice
¼ cup chopped cilantro
¼ cup chopped parsley
½ tsp. Salt
1 tbs. Vinegar
Mix all ingredients together in a large glass or ceramic bowl. Cover and refrigerate one hour or more before serving. Serve with chips, crackers, veggies, or whatever tickles you like Oshun does. Many Blessings!