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Muchos Mangos!

One of the sweetest varieties of mangos, the Ataulfo (aht-ah-uhl-foe) only recently gained popularity in the United States. It has a smooth, creamy flesh, a small thin pit and holds the title of many people’s favorite variety of mango.

So when this seasonal fruit hits the stores, it’s mango madness. Either try some soon or get out of the way and let the rest of us at em’!

Here are a few of our favorite tips, tricks and recipes to savor this magnificent mango.

How To Pick A Mango Peak season for Ataulfo mangos is from March to June. When fully ripe, their skins turn from green to deep golden yellow and feel soft to the touch. (Tip: Pick up a case and get a discount. Once you taste one, buying a case seems like a very good idea!)

How To Cut A Mango

1. Slice off the two “cheeks” on either side of the flat oblong mango pit. 2. With a knife, gently cut a crisscross pattern into the cut sides of each “cheek,” taking care not to cut through the skin. Repeat with other side. 3. Turn both sides inside out and remove the inverted cubes of mango from the skin . . . or eat as-is!

Mango-licious Recipe Ideas Now that you can successfully pick the perfect mango and safely cut it, let’s cook! Here are some of our favorite fuss-free ways to savory this seasonal delight.

Sweet and spicy fruit cups: Sprinkle mango, pineapple and jicama with chile-spiked salt and a squeeze of lime juice. Serve street-food style in a cup with a skewer for easy eating.

Beverages: The Ataulfo’s lack of stringy fibers make it easy to purée making mango drinks a breeze.

  • Smoothie: mango, yogurt and fruit juice plus more fruits and veggies
  • Agua Fresca: mango, water, lime juice and agave nectar (add your favorite spirit for a tropical cocktail)
  • Lassi: mango, milk, yogurt and dashes of sugar and cardamom

Salsa: Dice mangos, red peppers, jalapeños and onion. Add chopped cilantro and lime juice to serve with chips, tacos or grilled foods. Hint: add chopped cooked shrimp and chill for a delicious version of ceviche.

Desserts: Bake mangos into tarts, cobblers, tea breads and muffins or add diced or puréed mangos to sorbets, rice pudding and frozen pops.

Sweet on mangos yet? Here are some more recipes that put mangos center stage – where they belong!

Tropical flavors of mango and citrus complement black beans in the colorful Mango, Avocado and Black Bean Salad with Lime Dressing.

Treat yourself to a flavorful chicken and noodle salad filled with a rainbow of fruits (pineapple and mango) plus vegetables.

In Baked Salmon with Warm Mango Salsa deeply colored and richly flavored sockeye salmon is an excellent match for a sweet- tart mango relish.

From kabobs to quinoa to curry, find even more recipes for peak-season mangos on our website.

What’s your favorite way to enjoy an Ataulfo mango?