Jamaicans Love Eating Mangoes


If you know any Jamaican person, you will know that most Jamaicans like to eat mangoes. There is just something about this sweet, meaty, fleshy fruit that we cannot resist. Well, Jamaica has a place known as “Bagdill” in the great parish of Saint Elizabeth. This parish is home to the best Jamaican food. In this story, I will talk about some experiences going into the forest to pick mangoes and how fun and dangerous it can be. To protect the people from my childhood, I will use fake names to represent them.


A Story of Two Jamaican Boys Hunting for Mangoes


Have you ever been on a journey where it started badly and ended badly? Where you felt like nothing could be worse than what it was now, but things DID get worse? Well, welcome to the life of “Craig” and “Puddy,” one a big fat guy who could do an entire complex trigonometry equation in his head but could barely climb a tree. And Puddy, who was his neighbor and got his name from him having a really big head. This head had once been stuck in a metal fence, and his mother had to pry the bars open to remove his head.


Now they decided to go to Bagdill, which would have been a good idea except for the fact that it had rained. Since bag dill is the name given by the locals to a path into the hills with lots and lots of mango trees, lots of dangerous caves, and lots of dangerous animals, it would be foolish to go when it rained. This is made worse by the fact that a part of the journey involves going up a clay hill. For you that don’t know, when there is a hard clay path, and it rains, then the path becomes VERY slippery. 


The trip was very standard, however, BUT when they were coming back, that’s when it happened. Puddy suddenly slipped; he came tumbling down, his bucket filled with mangoes rolling behind him, his clothes covered in mud, his friend Craig coming down slowly, tried not to follow in his footsteps, but he slid down and landed flat on his face. He got up and realized his entire bucket of mangoes had been spilled. He started shouting in Jamaican patwa in dismay. This was a very hurtful experience, but you never lose the lesson, and the lesson was: Do not go up a clay path when it rains. 


Jamaican Mangoes Are Worth the Adventure

Nothing is better than a Jamaican mango tree


It was one of those painful experiences for Craig and Puddy. However, they understood what many Jamaicans did. Sometimes you have to take risks to get the big reward you are after. Bagdill had so many mango trees that your eyes would get brighter if you went there. The other great thing is that Jamaica has so many different varieties of mangoes that the entire trip was always a worthwhile experience. Friends would go together every summer to find the most delicious mangoes. They would go home with buckets filled with delicious Jamaican mangoes.


Life in the Jamaican countryside is very simple, as you see above. You live in harmony with nature, which is why many people prefer to return to this life when they get the chance. When economic activity isn’t a major concern, living in the countryside allows you to live the way nature intended. You can check out our article about the Jamaican countryside to understand. Rural Jamaica is simply special if you are looking for unspoiled nature to live in. This is a place that allows you to live at your fullest potential.


However, when you are ready to leave the countryside in Jamaica, you can also go to one of the many secluded beaches in the north or south. These beaches provide enjoyment beyond the vanilla experience that many people choose when they visit Jamaica using a tour.