Mangos are one of the most popular fruits in the world, and for good reason. It is a versatile fruit that can add tangy flavor to a variety of sweet or savory dishes. Here are some of our favorite tips, tricks and treatments for this flavorful fruit!
season and selection
Mangos can be found in the produce section year round, however they are really best in spring and summer. Look for them in March-August while they are at the peak of freshness! When selecting a mango, you may be tempted to pick a mango based on its color, but actually the best test of ripeness is how a mango feels! If nothing happens when you squeeze it gently, that is the sign that it is not quite ripe yet. Let it sit at room temperature for a few days and it will be ready to enjoy in no time! Once ripe, store in the refrigerator to expand the life of your mango.
There are two main ways to cut a mango. The first is to peel away the rough skin, and then cut off what are called the “cheeks” of the fruit by starting at the top and slicing straight down along the pit/stone in the middle. You do this on each side, giving you four portions of fruit and leaving a column around the hard pit or stone. You then either slice, chop or dice the fruit depending on the recipe directions. Another way to cut the fruit is fairly similar; however make the same cuts around the pit without peeling the skin. Once you have your four sections of fruit, you turn them over so the skin is facing down and score the fruit into slices or chunks deep enough without cutting into the skin, then scoop out the fruit with a spoon.
Using mango in smoothies is one of the easiest ways to enjoy this delicious fruit, it is simple, refreshing and the possibilities are endless! Just add 1/2 cup of your favorite milk, 1/2 cup of your yogurt of choice, 1 cup of chopped fresh mango, and 1 teaspoon of lemon or lime juice to a blender and blend until smooth. Try adding other fruits like banana, strawberries, blueberries, or papaya or sprinkle in interesting spices like cinnamon, ginger or vanilla.
Fruit naturally contains sugar and, when combined with the heat of the grill, it caramelizes, making the fruit taste even sweeter. Cut mango into chunks that are large enough to thread onto skewers. Soak the mango is 1 cup of water with 2 tablespoons of lemon for 20 minutes, then thread onto skewers (if skewers are wooden, soak in a separate bowl of water for 30 minutes). Brush the mango with honey, sprinkle with ground cinnamon, and place on sprayed grill over medium heat for 5-10 minutes, turning often. Serve with whipped cream for a light and refreshing dessert!
see our recipe for grilled mango & banana skewers
salsa and marinades
Add a little sweetness to savory dishes by incorporating mango into salsas and marinades to accompany your favorite proteins. Dice up mango with other vegetables, like tomatoes, peppers, onion and alapeno, add fresh cilantro and a bit of lime juice and you have a delicious salsa as a dip or to top your favorite chicken or fish recipe. Or make an all fruit salsa with diced mango, pineapple and strawberries with lime juice, chili powder and cilantro. Combine chopped mango, olive oil, fruit juice, ground ginger, garlic and brown sugar in a blender and blend until smooth. Use this marinade on chicken, fish, pork or shrimp before grilling for a tropical treat!
see our recipe for grilled chicken with mango-strawberry relish
grilled mango cooler
15 minutes | serves 4
island mango salsa
15 minutes | serves 6
mango papaya smoothie
10 minutes | serves 4