We are so excited that Whole Trade® Guarantee Francique mangoes are in stores companywide! Make sure you get them while you can – the plump and juicy Francique variety is unique to Haiti and available only during a short season each spring. If you watched this video, you got to see Haitian mangoes being harvested from family trees and learned how Whole Trade ensures the farmers are getting the most for their crop. And if you read this previous blog post, you got all the details on how in addition to the superior taste and texture, you can also feel good about the mangoes you are buying. Whole Foods Market is the sole buyer of organic and Fair Trade Certified mangoes from small Haitian growers, sometimes buying from a family with just one tree. The Whole Trade Guarantee ensures growers receive equitable pay — a key point since this mango crop is a major source of income for many of these farmers. Whole Planet Foundation partners with Fonkoze, a microfinance institution located in Haiti where Whole Foods Market sources these mangoes. Access to credit through microloans will enable impoverished people in Haiti to create or expand home based businesses to use their own creativity and hard work to make a better life for themselves and their families. So you’ve visited our stores, maybe had a mouthwatering sample cut fresh for you in Produce and you put some in your basket to take home – now what? The possibilities are endless. You can enjoy them fresh, as a complement to salsa, a tropical addition to salads or as a flavor for desserts, but we also wanted to share with you a recipe inspired by Whole Planet Foundation microcredit clients in Haiti – Mango Tea Bread. This recipe was created by Carrie Kotwas from our Rocky Mountain Region Bakehouse team. “For many of our team members, mangoes, pineapple and coconut bring back a taste of their childhood,” explained Carrie. “There is definitely growing excitement about microcredit, and baking this moist, sunny tea bread was a fun way for us to show big love for Whole Planet Foundation.” The combination of fresh mango and rehydrated dried mango gives a sweet moist texture to this tropical-flavored quick bread. Click here to get the full recipe for Mango Tea Bread. Don’t forget to let us know what you think by rating, commenting and adding it to your recipe box. Got a favorite way to use mangoes in a recipe? We’d love to hear them!