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Muchos Mangos!

By Elizabeth Leader Smith, March 21, 2012  |  Meet the Blogger  |  More Posts by Elizabeth Leader Smith

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?

Category: Food & Recipes, Produce




Clara Holmes says ...
We call it a different name here. We call it pear mango because of its shape. It is used to prepare jam but mango salad is our favorite. We do smoothies too but not frequently. Only my mum likes that so only she she comes around.
03/22/2012 6:03:26 AM CDT
Amanda says ...
Yum! We'll have to keep our eye out for some mango...my little guy adores fruit, but hasn't tried a mango yet. That will have to change soon!
03/22/2012 2:35:52 PM CDT
Sylvia Scott says ...
When I lived in Costa Rica, we substituted ripe mangos for peaches in peach pie recipes -- fabulous tasting!!!!
03/24/2012 2:38:41 PM CDT
Karen says ...
When I eat a mango, first step is to tie a dishcloth around my neck. I slice generous strips but leave a lot of the meaty fruit around the mango pit. I save that for last, and eat it like a piece of corn-on-the-cob. The child-like giggle when the juice runs down my arms is half the fun of this tropical treat!
03/26/2012 9:34:19 AM CDT
Libby says ...
Cannot wait...mangos are my favorite no doubt the best tropical fuit. I make a mango upside down cake with pineapple for the most refreshing summer dessert ever!
03/27/2012 1:22:14 PM CDT
Liz says ...
Where are you sourcing the mangos?
03/28/2012 9:06:00 AM CDT
Megan says ...
@Liz Our Ataulfo mangoes, which are in season from March to June, are sourced from Mexico.
03/28/2012 11:24:43 AM CDT
David says ...
Will you ever get Mangoes from India? Mexico mangoes are OK, but REAL mangoes come from India. Especially the KING of Mangoes - The Alphonso. Importing Indian mangoes has been banned for a long time, but one of the best things the Bush administration did was dissolve this ban. Bring us Alphonso Mangoes!
03/28/2012 5:57:05 PM CDT
Mark says ...
These mangoes are AMAZING. Fantastic flavor and amazing texture. Truly one of my favorite fruits. I always look forward to the time of year when they are available. I only have one left at home and need to get some more! :-)
03/28/2012 10:13:20 PM CDT
Megan says ...
@David I reached out to our Produce Team and this is what they had to say: "The USDA allows mangos to be imported from India but requires that they be irradiated. For this reason, we do not carry the Alphonso or other varieties from India at Whole Foods Market. In a few weeks we will start getting mangoes from Haiti - while these are not the same variety as the one’s grown in India they have similar characteristics." Thanks for the question!
04/02/2012 4:31:12 PM CDT
Jerri says ...
My son loves chunks of mango w/his lunch. & these were actually my daughter's 1st food. She is still on homemade purees. I like them in grown up drinks like this myself - http://www.cooking4carnivores.com/2009/08/beach-trip-in-blender.html?m=0
04/03/2012 2:27:45 PM CDT
christine smith says ...
About 5 or 6 years ago, I was in Sam's and saw these and picked up a case--they were so cheap. We live 100 miles to the closest whole foods or Sams but if I know for sure they are there I will drive. I've turned so many people on to them that I should be the spokesperson for them. As far as I am concerned the other varieties could be chucked aside since they seem to be so tempermental as to when they are ready to eat. We eat them mostly fresh but I have canned them in juice, have dried them, made preserves, cobblers. What is so unusual about me doing this is that I am in the middle of Indiana and German in heritage. In the last few years we have probably bought over 60 cases. They should be showing up soon. Is there any way we could be notified???
03/05/2013 8:36:03 PM CST
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@CHRISTINE - I recently saw mangos in my local store but products can vary between store locations. Check with your local store to see if they have them in stock!
03/08/2013 10:08:00 AM CST
willie verzosa says ...
we are interested to purchase big volume of manila mango size 12,14,or 16 if available and their brand name of product and the price per box.ty
04/22/2013 9:28:52 PM CDT
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@WILLIE - Our products vary between store locations so check with your local store to see what they have in stock!
04/24/2013 4:01:15 PM CDT
Ernesto Castillo says ...
06/06/2013 9:07:14 AM CDT
Pencils says ...
I have about 20 of these in my fridge right now, the best. Would love to try the Indian variety but alas...
03/07/2014 10:53:45 AM CST
Victoria says ...
How soft is "soft to the touch"? Like a ripe avocado?
04/14/2014 7:30:31 PM CDT
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@VICTORIA - That would be a great way to measure it. The mango skin versus the avocado skin will differ but the overall softness of the fruit should be similar. You want the mango to give a little but not dent in completely.
04/15/2014 3:54:28 PM CDT
Catherine says ...
I love mangos! I was wondering, though, why Whole Foods frozen mango is so low in vitamin C? All varieties should be in the 60-75% RDA range. But the WF frozen mango is only 15%. What makes the difference? Thanks!
04/19/2014 1:24:24 PM CDT
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@CATHERINE - It could be due to a few factors. There could be a difference in the serving size. Also, most labels pull from the USDA website and we test ours. It's an agricultural product so it can vary by season including soil, rainfall and ripeness.
04/25/2014 2:28:06 PM CDT
lori tauraso says ...
I am so in LOVE with Ataulfo Mangos - this post is "spot on" love the recipes - going to repost on my blog - thanks tons! @loriannmd www.urablankslate.blogspot.com #cheers #wholefoodsmarket
05/29/2014 3:27:59 PM CDT
Phyllis Beasley says ...
Do you have Ataulfo Mangoes in stock today? I believe they are also called honey mangoes. Thank you.
11/25/2014 8:20:12 AM CST
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@PHYLLIS - Our exact produce items will differ between stores. Check with your local store directly to see if they currently have any in stock.
11/25/2014 1:07:45 PM CST
Sara says ...
The best ataulfo mangos are Champagne mangos and WF frequently has them.
03/23/2015 1:09:07 PM CDT