In One Way, God Does Provide

Juany Iznaga, holding mangoes and other tropical fruits called "Mamones," poses for a picture next to her house in La Fria, Venezuela, June 2, 2016. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins

Reuters’ Alexandra Ulmer has a piece on how the mango went from seasonal treat to lifeline in Venezuela:

Venezuela’s mango season is providing some relief during worsening food shortages that are forcing the poor to skip meals and sparking a rash of lootings.

Facing Soviet-style food lines for increasingly scarce products at supermarkets, more and more people are turning to the South American nation’s lush mango, coconut and papaya trees.

While children have always scampered up trees or tossed stones to knock down the juicy yellow mangoes, workers are now joining them during lunch breaks, and parents are making long poles to scoop up the high treats.

As usual, El Chigüire is way ahead of the real media…

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  1. In El Tigrito my brother has several big old mango trees. All day long people are knocking at the door to bet some mangoes. Workmen are eating mangoes for lunch, out of scarcity. Never seen that before.

  2. El McMango-” La pepa hace un tronco e’ trompo, y, pagando un poquito mas, te damos un guaral para hacerlo bailar.”

  3. It wasn’t enough for the Chavistas eliminate the benefits of the Information Age, nor the Industrial Age. No, they are pushing us all the way back to the Hunter-Gathering stage, because the Chavistas can’t even manage Agriculture and Animal Husbandry!

  4. See? Maduro was right!
    Mana will drop from the sky
    Do not ask me for food!
    Ask god, literally.

    Ask Chavez, he is a bird now
    he will feed you beak to mouth
    or you can have him broiled.

    Chávez warned you to prepare
    vertical chicken coops
    urban agriculture
    the empanada route (or was it quest?)
    money whose value disappear
    you didn’t listen:

    MedioMalo was not the only one
    that could predict the future

    “You know what that is called?
    Chavez dixit

  5. Contrary to what our elders told us, money does grow on trees. In Argentina, “mango” is slang for a peso.
    The edible incredible monetary unit.

  6. “Ya los venezolanos no tendrán que verse en la necesidad de lanzar a los árboles piedras, palos —o bolsos, en el caso de los liceístas— ”

    This got me giddy at my workplace… Thanks Chiguire for bringing back my high schools years…


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