Native to India, the mango has become a common flavor in the United States, used in smoothies, ice cream, sorbet, and salads. Mangos boost the immune system and aid in digestion and are a delicious, sweet addition to our fruit flavors!
Choose a mango that is on the heavy side and slightly soft, indicating ripeness. The color of the mango does not represent the ripeness of the fruit. You can continue to ripen a mango by leaving it on the counter for a day or two. Once ripe, you can store the mango in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. When ready to enjoy, you can slice the mango lengthwise, avoiding the pit at
the center of the fruit by cutting just off center. Slice the mango again, this time on the other side of the pit. Score the two larger pieces (the ones without the pit) into cubes. When done scoring, you can scoop out the cubes and enjoy them for a snack or use them in a recipe. For the third chunk of mango, use a sharp knife to cut out the pit and then cut off the skin. Chop the mango flesh
that is left and include with your cubes.
Mango is excellent in your favorite smoothie recipe or added to yogurt for breakfast. For a spicier take, try a mango salsa! Combine chopped tomato, mango, red onion, jalapeno, and cilantro. Add some fresh lime juice and salt and pepper to taste. Enjoy the salsa with chips or on grilled chicken or fish!
A cup of mango is approximately 100 calories and is an excellent source of antioxidants and vitamin C.