Psst. Hey kid…didya ever try…a mango?
Just between you and me, right now Whole Foods Market stores are loaded with peak-season Ataulfo mangoes from Mexico. One taste of these sweet, silky fruits and you might just become addicted.
Watch our video about the mango madness that’s sweeping the nation.
You don’t need much to get the most from mangoes, but it helps to know the lingo. The sides of a mango are called “cheeks.” A mature mango should have full cheeks and “shoulders” that rise above the beginning of the stem.
The easiest way to slice a mango is known as the “Hedgehog.” First, slice off the two cheeks on either side of the flat, oblong mango pit. Next, taking care not to cut through the skin, cut a crisscross pattern into the sides of each cheek. Finally, turn the cheeks inside out. Remove the inverted cubes with a knife, or eat them straight from the skin.
Gateway to Global Flavors
Mangoes flourish in tropical climates, and they’re mainstays of many world cuisines. These remarkably versatile fruits brighten everything from salads to salsas.
If you’re ready to follow the mango’s sweet siren song, get your passport stamped at these culinary ports of call:
Avocado Mango Salsa
Shrimp and Mango Ceviche
Vegan Mango Lassi
Shrimp and Mango Baked Samosas
Mango-Miso Tofu Salad
What’s your favorite way to enjoy a mango?