Doin’ the Mango Tango on Facts

Since we are smack in the middle of Mango Season over here, I thought I’d give you some interesting reading material about this awesome fruit.

MANGO FUN FACTS

  • Mangos are one of the most popular fruit in the World
  • Mangos were first grown in India over 5,000 years ago
  • Mango seeds traveled with humans from Asia to the Middle East, East Africa and South America beginning around 300 or 400 A.D.
  • The paisley pattern, developed in India, is based on the shape of a mango
  • A basket of mangos is considered a gesture of friendship in India
  • Legend says that Buddha meditated under the cool shade of a mango tree
  • Mangos are related to cashews and pistachios
  • A mango tree can grow as tall as 100 feet
  • The bark, leaves, skin and pit of the mango have been used in folk remedies for centuries

HEALTH BENEFITS OF MANGOES

In addition to sumptuous tropical flavor, mangoes deliver a host of nutrients and make healthy eating a delightful sensory experience. The Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend that healthy adults consume 5 to 13 servings of fruits and vegetables every day (based on a daily consumption of 1,200 to 3,200 total calories). That’s where mangos come in! The versatile mango is available year round and adds delicious flavor to a balanced diet. The following statements have been reviewed and approved by USDA following FDA guidelines for nutrition statements.

MANGOES — THE SUPERFRUIT YOU LOVE!

  • One cup of mangos is just 100 calories, so it’s a satisfyingly sweet treat.
  • Each serving of mango is fat free, sodium free and cholesterol free.
  • Mangos contain over 20 different vitamins and minerals, helping to make them a superfood.

MANGO SELECTION AND RIPENING

  • Don’t judge a mango by its color – red does not mean ripe
  • Squeeze gently to judge ripeness
  • A ripe mango will “give” slightly and a firm mango will ripen at room temperature over a few days
  • To speed up ripening, place mangos in a paper bag at room temperature
  • Once ripe, mangoes can be moved to the refrigerator to slow down ripening for several days

EATING MANGOS

  • In many Latin American countries, mango on a stick with the skin peeled back is sold by street vendors
  • Mangos can be enjoyed with salt, lime juice or chili powder for a unique flavor experience
  • Mangos have natural tenderizing properties, making them a perfect ingredient for marinades
  • Try the versatile mango in smoothies, salads, salsas, chutneys, on fish, chicken or pork, as a dessert or just plain as a delicious snack

MANGO VARIETIES, SEASONS AND SOURCES

  • Most of the mangos sold in the U.S. come from South Africa, Mexico, Peru, Ecuador, Brazil, Guatemala and Haiti
  • Mangos are available all year long, but harvest season is during February and March.
  • Most of the mangoes sold worldwide are one of six varieties: Tommy Atkins, Haden, Kent, Keitt, Honey and Francis.

Make sure to watch this Blog for some amazing mango recipes!

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