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Madly in Love with Mangoes

By Jess Kolko, March 12, 2013  |  Meet the Blogger  |  More Posts by Jess Kolko

MangoesI’m a total produce nerd and keep close tabs on fruits and veggies as they move in and out of season. As the Sumo tangerine of late winter becomes a fruit of the past, here comes the Ataulfo mango to remind us that warmer weather is right around the corner. April is mango madness time around here and I’m glad every year for its lively – albeit short lived – season! Here are some of my favorite facts and tips to get the most out of mango season.

A burst of nutrients: Phytochemicals, antioxidants and vitamins, oh my! Mangoes have a bunch of awesome plant nutrients. A big burst of Vitamin C is available in each fruit, as well as a good dose of fiber and Vitamin A. Don’t forget beta-carotene, which gives mangoes their yellow-orange coloring. Fresh or frozen mango adds a burst of sweetness to savory dishes and desserts and gives you a nutrient boost, too.

How to pick a ripe mango: The yellow mangoes that we source from Mexico are called Ataulfo (aht-ah-uhl-foe) mangoes. They have a smaller pit than other mangoes, their flesh is smooth and creamy and the skin is quite thin. Ripeness for the Ataulfo mango is determined by its coloring: green means unripe and deep golden yellow means ripe – plus it’ll feel soft when lightly touched.

Peel and pit mangoes like a pro: If you ever struggle with how to get all of the yummy flesh out of every mango, check out this video for an easy method. Whether you are getting out chunks for salsas or slices for a garnish, we've got you covered. 

Mango recipe tips: Mangoes are good in both sweet and savory dishes. Smoothies, sorbets, popsicles and just plain slices make great refreshing treats. Mangoes mixed into salsa with onions, peppers and cilantro can add a great pop of flavor to tacos…or just about anything. Chutney? Relish? You name it — mangoes are good for it.

Pair up: Chicken, fish and shrimp make good mango partners. Try grilled tofu, too!

Basic Mango Salsa: Mix 1 diced mango, half a diced small red onion, 1 minced small Serrano pepper, chopped cilantro, and lime juice, then season with a dash of salt. Add diced avocado for a major treat!

Check out these healthy recipes highlighting magnificent mangoes:

How will you celebrate mango season?

Category: Produce, Healthy Eating

 

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Nourish 365 Project says ...
I'm celebrating mango season with vegan Chickpea Mango Salad with some sweet-smelling mango I bought at Whole Foods this weekend! Check out the recipe here: http://nourish365project.com/2013/03/11/70365-part-1-playing-vegan/.
03/12/2013 10:52:38 AM CDT
Deanna says ...
I celebrated this morning with a smoothie of Ataulfa mangoes from the Wheaton store blended with kefir, cardamom, cinnamon, & a pinch of nutmeg... A mango lassi of sorts.
03/16/2013 12:11:55 AM CDT
Beverly Eldridge says ...
thank you for your help. I will not go home and try to this myself.
03/19/2013 8:23:00 AM CDT
Patti says ...
Hi, Love your/our new store in Del Mar...Wondering if the mango's are naturally or organically grown? Thank you, Patti
03/25/2013 2:44:25 PM CDT
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@PATTI - So happy to hear you are enjoying the new store in Del Mar! A produce team member at the Del Mar store would be the best resource to answer your question. The vendors where our stores source mangoes can vary so it would be best to call them directly on the day you venture there to see what they have on hand that day. You can reach them directly at (858)436-9800.
03/26/2013 1:55:56 PM CDT
Joy says ...
making mango salsa...yum ... Going to dry some too!!!
04/19/2013 9:55:40 AM CDT
BH Mom says ...
Why aren't the Whole Foods in Beverly Hills, Westwood and Studio City carrying dried mangoes in individual packets?
04/20/2013 7:55:33 PM CDT
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@BH - Were you able to ask anyone at the store if these were available to order? Our products are bought at a regional/store level. Your local store would be happy to look in to this for you!
04/24/2013 5:14:39 PM CDT
Darlene says ...
Do you carry the Mango Mango preserves as shown on Shark Tanks? Their website said were available at Whole Foods. Would that be all Whole Foods?
09/28/2013 1:34:08 PM CDT
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@DARLENE - Our products vary between store locations. Check with your local store to see if they have this in stock!
09/30/2013 12:21:11 PM CDT