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Mangoes in Everything

Growing up in Honolulu makes me well-qualified to speak on behalf of mangoes, my very favorite tropical fruit.  My first recollection was how loud and annoying they were when they fell on the roof of our house in the middle of the night!  Lucky for them, my first sip of a mango smoothie created instant forgiveness.  As far as I was concerned, they could ripen and fall on the roof as much as they pleased.

If you want to try bliss in a glass, make a mango smoothie, shake or lassi.  Here’s a good start:

Mangoes are so versatile you’ll want to add them to salads, salsas, snacks and desserts. Ripe mangoes have a mildly sweet, enticing aroma. They give a bit when gently poked with a finger, but avoid ones that are bruised or mushy. To speed ripening, keep mangoes in a paper bag overnight.

Try these recipes and serving suggestions:

Before peeling, wash mangoes under running water. The inside pit is fibrous so cut around it.  This video shows you an easy way. Remember, the peel and sap contains a substance called urushiol which is also found in poison ivy. Not as much so most people don’t react to it, but if you are have especially sensitive skin, you may want to wear gloves to help prevent the possibility of contact plant dermatitis.   

Got a favorite mango smoothie, salad, dessert or recipe idea? Let me know.

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PJ says …

Well, YUM! Why didn't I think of that?

lo says …

very nice selection of recipes - great idea to present uses for featured products