Mango Recipes

Mango Season - Just Satisfying!

By Noris Ledesma, Curator of Tropical Fruit

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There is the only one mainland area of the United States where this delicious and fragrant fruit can be properly grown. For years mangos have been of great value in South Florida, grown with pride in the garden - a fruit to eat when ripe and at all stages of growth.  Fresh mangos are a privilege than Floridians can have. Nothing compares the delicacy of a fresh ‘Fairchild’ harvested directly from the tree.

Healthy Eating can be easy - small changes, with big results. Good nutrition and a balanced diet help to improve nutrition and encourage smart eating habits. Work fruits into the daily routine, aiming for the goal of at least five servings a day. Be sure to serve fruit at every meal. This is mango season, if you have mango trees in your yard, use them all or buy your mangos from local Farmers' Markets, it is a great way to get fresh, tasty produce and support our local farmers.

If you own a mango tree keep in mind than among the mango there is a wide variety of color, shape, flavor, texture, aroma and uses. Many of the mango varieties are best just as they come off the tree, fresh and succulent – the perfect summer snack. Others are at their best in combinations with the exciting flavors of South Florida, spawning a taste experience found no where else in the world.

Because mangos come in a rainbow of reds, yellows, oranges, and greens, color is not the best way to determine ripeness. Selecting the proper ripeness of the fruit is best done with your hands or with your nose, with a gentle give and fruity aroma betraying the heaven that waits inside. As to ripening, it is Mother Nature that knows best, providing a warm room temperature for the perfect conversion of starch to sugar.

 

A delightful way to serve a mango is to have an exquisite Indian mango as a ‘Dusehri’ served whole, with the skin peeled back. It can be placed in an elegant cup or just simply held in the hand like a lollipop; kids will love it.

Kids, especially younger ones, will eat what's available at home. That's why it's important to control the supply lines — the foods that you serve for meals and have on hand for snacks. Make it easy for your child to choose healthy snacks by keeping fruits on hand and ready to eat.  Encourage healthy choices by eating well yourself. Kids will follow the lead of the adults they see every day.

With mango season close at hand, we are all thinking about that age-old question: how to deal with all those glorious, delicious—and ripe—mangos. This is the tricks of the trade in handling mango harvest from Fairchild Tropical Botanical Garden who convert the production of our fruit collections into wondrous products. Learn how to make a wide range of mango products, which are the backbone of the International Mango Festival. Learn the basics of preparing and freezing pulp, making juices and jams, and much more.

 

 

                            Drying Mangos

                            Canning with Mangos

                            Freezing Mangos

                            Cooking with Wild Mangos

                            Other Mango Recipes