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Mango Madness

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Mango MadnessIn honor of my new Produce Picks section, I give you the Mango. I know, I know, not the find of the century but I never bought and ate a raw mango before. I’ve had them dried and in canned tropical mixes. I just never knew how to cut or eat the raw ones. OK, OK, I’ll admit it, I was a mango virgin.

Well I picked one up this weekend and found this great page describing how to cut and prepare them. It was a breeze and the toddler and I enjoyed it for dessert tonight.

According to LookSmart’s FindArticles – Mango
Better Nutrition, August, 2005, by Lesley Johnson

An average-sized mango has only about 110 calories and less than 1 gram of fat. Yet it also supplies’ 4 grams of fiber as well as a generous dose of vitamin A and decent amounts of C and potassium. Plus, mangoes may be a better comfort food than chocolate (sans guilt!) thanks to a stomach-soothing enzyme that helps aid digestion.

So, am I the only one? Are there other mango virgins out there?




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There are 13 comments so far.

    Mel

    August 14, 2007

    I have only had them in the tropical salad in a jar kind of thing. I may have to go try one now though…I think our local Giant has them. Now I just need to see how I know they are ripe cause I am a horrible ripe fruit finder!
    Mel

    elizabeth

    August 14, 2007

    I love mango’s and i just remembered i had a ww recipe that i got on the ww website for mango and jicama so its a recipe for two of your new food finds! And that salad is super yummy and everyone who i’ve served it too has loved it too!

    Tropical Mango-Jicama Chicken Salad

    POINTS® Value: 3
    Servings: 4
    Preparation Time: 20 min
    Cooking Time: 0 min
    Level of Difficulty: Easy

    Ingredients
    • 1/2 cup red onion(s), thinly sliced
    • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
    • 1 Tbsp olive oil
    • 3/4 tsp table salt
    • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
    • 1/4 tsp hot pepper sauce
    • 2 1/4 cup jicama, diced
    • 1/2 pound cooked boneless, skinless chicken breast, shredded
    • 1 medium mango(es), cut into 3/4-inch chunks
    • 1/2 cup cilantro, fresh, chopped
    Instructions
    • Combine onion, lime juice, oil, salt, cumin and hot pepper sauce in a large bowl; let stand 10 minutes, tossing occasionally, until onion starts to wilt.
    • Add jicama, chicken, mango and cilantro; toss to mix and coat. Yields about 1 1/4 cups per serving

    BB

    August 15, 2007

    I’ve bought them and then found that they were yucky by the time I remembered to eat them. So….I like this new part of your blog!

    Amanda

    August 15, 2007

    I am a mango virgin. Well, my MIL–for whatever reason–calls green peppers mangos. Why, I have no clue. SO, for the longest time I thought a mango was a green pepper. I’ve seen mango margarita’s at my favorite Mexican restaurant and the first thing I thought was GROSS–a green pepper margarita! LOL!! SO, no, you are not the only mango virgin. :)

    Amanda

    August 15, 2007

    I am a mango virgin. Well, my MIL–for whatever reason–calls green peppers mangos. Why, I have no clue. SO, for the longest time I thought a mango was a green pepper. I’ve seen mango margarita’s at my favorite Mexican restaurant and the first thing I thought was GROSS–a green pepper margarita! LOL!! SO, no, you are not the only mango virgin. :)

    Melanie

    August 15, 2007

    I’m there with you as a mango virgin. I have a few fruits I eat…but they are the staples – grapes, apples, oranges, stawberries, blackberries, and raspberries. That is it for. Peaches and I have a texture issue and bananas are uggggggg I can’t get past their smell – but I love banana bread. I need to start exploring some more fruits!!

    YouInkIt

    August 15, 2007

    uuuuummmmm … mangos are my *favorite* My mom is Thai and she sometimes makes this authentic Thai desert of mango with sweet sticky rice (basically it is a sticky rice with coconut milk). If you have a Thai resturant near you, you should see if they have it and order some (or drive down to Silver Spring and I’ll make you some!). The coconut with the mango is so tropical and yummy!

    Swizzlepop

    August 15, 2007

    OMG I LOVE mangos an dgrew up eating them. They have always been a favorite. Fresh mango, Thai sticky rice and mango (fattening but YUMMY!), mango popscicles, mango ice cream (try your watermelon recipe with mango). Now I want a mango. That is one fruit that I would love to eat all the time if it wasn’t so messy. Hmmm wonder if my mom still has some since I’m headed over there after work :).
    Glad you experienced it, I can’t wait to see what kind of recipes you find for it!

    Kristine McKowen

    August 15, 2007

    I love mangos – although I am a virgin at preparing them. We have a produce store by us and you can sometimes get it already sliced and packaged. I just close my eyes and don’t look at the $$ for already prepared.

    Anonymous

    August 15, 2007

    I ADORE mangoes! A friend of mine introduced me to them and it was love at first sight. I eat them cut in cubes mixed with cottage cheese or Greek yogurt – or just plain when I want something sweet.

    They’re not hard to cut – just make sure you know where the pit is.

    daniethammer

    August 17, 2007

    I love mango’s. I have eaten them for years. I used to cut them like you do but I was given a mango cutter last year and now use that. It works like an apple cutter, cutting out the seed rather than the core. They can be found at specialty kitchen stores.

    I agree with youinkit about the Thai desesrt. There are several Thai restaurants in Fresno and I love this dessert.

    Jo

    August 18, 2007

    You have to try making mango salsa (diced mango, diced purple onion, fresh cilantro, fresh minced jalapeno or serrrano pepper, lime juice, salt and pepper. It’s great on fish and black beans with brown rice mixed up!

    Cyn

    October 20, 2009

    I am so glad to hear that someone else has heard of green peppers being called mangoes. I have a bunch of recipes that were from my grandmothers and their mothers and in them every reference to a green pepper calls them mango. I was so confused as to why they would put mango into spaghetti sauce and so on until my Mom explained to me that they actually meant green peppers Wish I knew why they called it that!