A Healthy and Delicious Snack
I spent the first four years of my life living in Thailand, and the incredible food of South East Asia seems to have imprinted itself on me. But once my family was back living on a farm in Iowa, it was hard to find those same amazing flavors. I have distinct memories of my mom literally dividing up one mango among my whole family! (We would fight over the seed in the middle, because you could use your teeth to scrape off more juice that way.) Needless to say, mangos still seem like a luxury to me and I can’t seem to grow tired of the flavor.
Recently, my sister-in-law Sophie reached out to me about Java Bite, a company she’s helping to expand and market. The idea behind Java Bite is so fascinating and inspiring ::
In Tiron village, East Java, where the prominent mango variety is not very popular as a fresh mango product, the price drops dramatically during the peak of the mango season. When the price drops there is little incentive to travel the footpaths into the nearby hills to harvest the naturally and organically grown mangos. Consequently, mangos rot on the trees, resulting in literally tons of losses each season.
In an effort to build up the people, economy and country of Indonesia, Java Bite has offered the villagers training in new skills and standards. Java Bite employees peel, slice, dry and package the mangos and are able to earn a fair, full-day’s wage by 1:00 pm! Now the mangos are saved from decimations and because of the new fruit business, there is hope of sustainable community development.
It’s humbling to think of the impact that buying this package of dried mangos can have on this one small community in Indonesia. Also, there are only three ingredients, making this organic product such a healthy snack for me and my family. And Valentine, who insists that she doesn’t like dried mango, just stole a piece off my plate. :)
(This post is sponsored by Java Bite. All pictures and opinions are my own. Thanks so much for reading and for supporting the brands that help support my blog.)