It was “mango everything” on display this past Saturday by the seaside in Hopkins Village as it hosted the annual Mango Festival. Originally introduced to the West from India, there are 400 varieties of the mango, of which Hopkins and Belize claim about 20. 30 participating businesses showcased their mango-related wares: jams and jellies, sauces, pastries, juices, and in many varied dishes. The mango when young is rich in Vitamin C and is a good source of Vitamin A when riper. Its leaves, according to noted healer and student of the late Don Elijio Panti, Aurora Saqui of Maya Center, are a good tea source and form part of her natural soaps and cough medicine.
“When practicing healing, I have learned to use a lot of the herbs. I have seen that the mango trees have a lot of properties. I don’t use much of the fruit but I use a lot of the leaves. I use the leaves to make the cough syrup. This cough syrup is good for asthma and ordinary coughs… it has a lot of vitamin C. I also use it for the mixture of other medicines too, like for example, I like to use it in my soaps, herbal and facial and I also have a body scrub that is very good for your skin. You can just buy it, you can boil it and drink it too. It has a lot of vitamin C also.”
Aaron Humes – Plus TV Reporter
“This is all natural?”
“Do you get good buisness with these items?”
“Yes. I have sold a few stuff here which is exciting and I am enjoying the show.”
Saturday’s entertainment included a Maya traditional dance group, parandero Godfrey Sho, Bredda David and the Tribal Vibes and headliners the Garifuna Collective who are leaving for a U.S. and European tour. Organizers BTIA Hopkins and the village council hope to make this an annual multi-day event after a financially-induced hiatus of several years.