Like most resorts along South Florida’s beaches, the Forbes Five-Star Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa offers all the usual amenities upscale travelers expect—fine dining, exotic spa services, luxurious rooms designed by Jonathan Adler. But, for the serious foodie, Eau Palm Beach offers this customized experience:
The resort’s Chef de Cuisine, Manlee Siu, has partnered with Delray Beach mango farmer Chris Wenzel of Truly Tropical Farms to offer guests a sneak peek inside the fascinating world of mango farming. While the local supermarket may sell one or two varieties of this tropical fruit at most, there are actually more than 200 varieties and Wenzel grows more than 70 on her 100-year-old, five-acre farm, nestled between multi-million dollar mansions just steps from Delray Beach.
The Mango Farm Tour Experience begins in the morning at the resort’s Temple Orange Mediterranean Bistro, with a light breakfast of coffee and mango-filled croissants. Guests then accompany Siu for the short ride to the farm.
Upon arrival, Wenzel gives an overview of the operation and discusses the 70 different varieties of mangos she harvests each season. Wenzel and Chef Siu then guide guests through an educational and delicious mango tasting, where participants can taste the eccentric and unexpected mango flavors that grow on the farm, including Cotton Candy, Fruit Punch, Lemon Meringue, Ugly Betty and Royal Purple. Before departing, guests have the opportunity to pick their favorite varieties to enjoy at home.
“Prior to moving to Palm Beach, I only knew of three different types of mangos…I was shocked to learn that so many more varieties were available here,” said Siu, who incorporates fresh mangoes into the daily menu at the resort’s Angle restaurant, “and I’m always surprised by new flavors every time I visit.”
Guests then return to the resort, where Siu prepares a private, mango-inspired picnic lunch served in one of the resort’s oceanfront cabanas. After a fresh mango margarita from the resort’s brand new margarita cart, the meal includes a bottle of rosé, house made charcuterie, lobster salad and a mango-infused dessert.
“In the industry, we hear the term ‘farm-to-table’ so often, but to me, that’s just ‘cooking’,” said Siu. “You can’t get any fresher than picking the fruit yourself, right here on the farm.”
For more information about Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa’s Mango Farm Tour Experience, visit EauPalmBeach.com or call 561-540-4850.
Manlee’s Mango Chutney
1 medium apple, peeled, cored and chopped
2 large mangoes, peeled and chopped
½ medium sweet red pepper, chopped
1½ cups granulated sugar
1 cup onion, finely chopped
½ cup golden raisins
½ cup white vinegar
¼ tbsp. gingerroot, peeled and finely chopped
1 tbsp. lemon juice
2 tsp. curry powder
½ tsp. each: ground nutmeg, cinnamon, salt
Combine first 8 ingredients, bring to boil and cook on low for 20 minutes.
Add the remaining items and cook for 5 minutes.
Chris Wenzel’s Mango Crisp
6+ cups sliced mangoes
lime juice (optional)
1/3 cup flour
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 cup oatmeal
1/3 cup melted butter
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. salt
Place mangoes and optional lime juice in baking dish. Combine remaining ingredients. Top mangoes and bake until topping is brown and crisp.