Magnificent Mangoes

Basics Living in the northern United States, we are quite lucky to enjoy mangoes during the winter. As a tropical fruit, the only suitable areas for growing in the U.S. are the southernmost parts of Florida and California. Fortunately, mangoes are grown in many parts of South America as well, so this heat-loving, tropical fruit becomes readily available to us, even as our winter continues on.

Benefits Mangoes contain over 20 different vitamins and minerals. Just 1 cup of mango provides 100 nutrient-filled calories, 100% of your recommended daily intake of vitamin C, 35% of daily vitamin A and 12% of daily fiber.

How to select a perfect mango How to select a perfect mango | Gently squeeze the mango, a ripe mango should give slightly to pressure, similar to a peach or avocado. A ripe mango may also smell fruity near the stem end. Avoid mangoes with bruised or damaged, dry or shriveled skin, but don’t select a mango based solely on its color. The red that appears on some varieties is just a color variation and does not indicate ripeness.

Ideas for using your mangoes Blended into a smoothie, added to a fresh green salad, made into a relish for meats, delicious addition to fish tacos, dozens of desserts, cocktails, chutneys, salsas, slaws, relishes, garnish and topping for meat and fish!