Mango Food Talk Friday

WHAT IS A MANGO

Mango is a tropical fruit that grows from a mango tree that can reach up to 100 feet tall. The trees take around 4 months to fully develop edible fruits. Due to the tropical nature of mangos, they can’t grow at a climate of 30°F or below. In the United States, Southern Florida and Southern California are the only places mangoes thrive. For year-round enjoyment, The United States imports from Mexico, Peru, Ecuador, Brazil, Guatemala or Haiti. 

Rewind 5,000 years ago when mangos were first grown in the beautiful villages in India where mangos represent of love. Next time you want to show someone you love them, buy them a mango. For friendship give a basket of mangoes.

mango tree

NUTRIENT BREAKDOWN

  • Potassium
    • Potassium the most abundant cation in intracellular cation where more than 90% of is absorbed from the gastrointestinal tract.
  • Vitamin C
    • Helps the body heal cuts and wounds and build the tissues.
    • Also known as ascorbic acid, helps the body absorb the iron in foods.
    • An antioxidant that helps protect cells from damage.
  • Folate (vitamin b-9)
    • prevents neural tube defects and is a coenzyme essential to DNA synthesis.

TYPES OF MANGOS

DYK that there are 7 varieties of mangoes? Each different one has a different texture and flavor and they all have different seasons so you can find mangos year-round.

Honey (Ataulfo) Mango

  • Sweet and creamy flavor
  • Smooth texture + firm with no fibers
  • Vibrant yellow color
  • Small, flattened oval shape
  • Skin turns to a deep golden color and small wrinkles appear when fully ripe.
  • Primarily sourced from Mexico, Ecuador, and Peru
  • In season March to June

Francis Mango

  • Rich, spicy and sweet flavor
  • Oblong and S-shape
  • Becomes more yellow/golden as ripens.
  • Grown on small farms in Haiti.
  • In season April to June

Haden Mango

Growing of Haden mangoes in 1910 sparked mass production in South Florida. Hurricanes have reduced the prevalence of these farms.

  • Firm with fine fibers.
  • Bright red with green and yellow overtones and small white dots
  • Green areas of the mango turn to yellow as it ripens.
  • Grown in Mexico, Ecuador, and Peru.
  • In season March to May

Keitt Mango

Popular in Asian cultures. Usually enjoyed fresh or pickled.

  • Sweet and fruity
  • Large oval shape
  • Skin remains green even when ripe.
  • Grows in Mexico, Nicaragua, Guatemala, and Puerto Rico
  • In season July to September

Kent Mango

Originated in Flordia during the 1940’s, Kents are perfect for juicing and drying.

kent mango

  • Sweet and rich flavor.
  • Dark green and often has a dark red blush over a small portion of the mango
  • Large oval shape
  • Yellow undertones or dots that increase with ripening.
  • Grown in Mexico, Ecuador, Peru.
  • In season January, February, June to Aug, and December

Tommy Atkins

The most widely grown commercial variety coming into the United States.

  • A dark red with a green and orange-yellow accent.
  •  Grown in Mexico, Guatemala, Brazil, Ecuador, Peru.
  • In season  March to July, September, and October

 

HOW TO CUT A MANGO

Cutting a mango can be tricky. It took me about 4 mangos to get it down. Now I think I have the hang of it. The first few I cut in the wrong direction. After that,t I thought mangos were wasteful. So here is a tip, if you cut it and it doesn’t feel right, it probably isn’t. Remember, unlike most other fruits a mango has a long flat seed. 

 

Endless mango knowledge! Let me know in the comments below what your favorite mango is. 

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