The fruit of the mango tree, a tree thought to be originally from India. It is related to the pistachio and cashew trees. The mango is round, oval or kidney-shaped, depending on the variety. Its thin, smooth skin is green, yellow or scarlet. It can be tinted with red, purple, pink or orange-yellow. Its orange-yellow flesh is often mild-flavored like the peach, which has earned it the nickname, “the peach of the tropics”. It is sometimes fibrous but more often smooth, melting, juicy, sweet and aromatic; depending on the variety. The flesh clings to a large, flat seed. Its slightly acidic and spicy taste can be surprising.
Choose: A mango that is neither too hard nor too wrinkled, with a pleasant smell. A ripe mango emits a sweet perfume and yields to gently finger pressure. There may be black spots on the skin, a sign of advanced maturity.
At Room Temperature: for ripening. Place mango in a paper bag to accelerate the ripening process.
In the Fridge: Ripe, 1-2 weeks.
In the Freezer: Cook mango in a syrup or purée, with or without added sugar, lemon or lime juice.
Remove the skin before eating the mango. Mango juice leaves indelible marks on clothes.
- Cut in two, passing the blade of the knife close to the pit. Do the same on the other side.
- With the point of the knife, trace lines in the flesh down to the skin.
- Turn out the skin to separate the cubes of mango flesh.
- Cut the mango cubes away from the skin with the blade of the knife.
SERVING IDEAS FOR MANGO
Mango is eaten plain, or used in fruit salads, cereals, crepes, ice creams, yogurts and sorbets. It is made into juice, jam, coulis, marmalade, jelly or compote. In Asia and the Caribbean; it is used when still immature, raw or cooked, as a vegetable, an
Hors d’oeuvre or an accompaniment to meats and fish. It is used in soups and sauces. Fully ripe mango is delicious with poultry, ham, duck, pork, fish and legumes. In India, green mango is a basic ingredient in traditional chutneys.
DID YOU KNOW?
Did you know that mango is an excellent source of vitamins A and C?
Mango skin can cause allergic cutaneous reactions and irritate the skin and the mouth.
Mango that is not quite ripe is said to be a laxative.