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Indian Mango or the common mango is what is preferred for this type of snack. It is a bit pudgier and really sour when unripe. However, when it turns just slightly yellow on the inside, then it is the perfect time to eat it raw with either fresh or sauteed shrimp paste or even with just sea salt. I personally prefer the combination with the sauteed shrimp paste. The saltiness of the paste with the sweet sour taste of the mango just hits the spot all the time. Growing up, I didn't really like the taste of Indian mangoes which grew right next door to our house. It was in my godfather's vacant lot and as kids, we would climb the tree every summer afternoon and pick the fruits to snack on although I only ate very little of it. It was while going to college in Manila that I learned how to appreciate this simple snack and how truly wonderful it is. I still love it and my cousins think I'm crazed whenever I go gaga when I see Indian mangoes especially when I quickly reach for a jar of shrimp paste that I now have on hand.