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
- 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.
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