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Mangoes – Choosing, Cutting and Recipes

Mango Recipe PicMonkey Collage

Mangoes were not something that I grew up with… so I have to admit I’m still on a learning curve with them.  They are in season right now (beginning in May – September), and they are delicious!

I’ve gathered some information that I wanted to share (along with some yummy recipes) that have helped me, and I hope that they do the same for you.

First, let’s talk about how to pick a mango:


  • Most varieties will blend red-to-orange-to-yellow when they are ripe.
  • Keep in mind though, there are varieties that stay green when they are ripe.
  • Look for the mango to be full and plump around the stem.
  • Do not pick flat or thin mangoes, as they might be stringy.
  • Pick one that is shaped like a football.


  • When mangoes are ripe, they are very fragrant.
  • Smell the area close to the stem.


  • Find a mango that yields to gentle pressure with no blemishes or dark spots.
  • A ripe mango will feel similar to a ripe avocado or peach.
  • A ripe mango will be heavier than an unripened one (same with most fruits).

How to store a ripe mango:

  • A ripe mango can be stored in a plastic bag in the refrigerator for 2-3 days.

How to freeze a ripe mango:

How to cut a mango:

1.  Coconut Mango Cake – Messy Little Cook

2.  Chili-Lime Chicken Mango Skewers – Our Best Bites

3.  Orange Mango Nut Bread with Ginger Honey Butter – Cooking On the Side

4.  Mango Citrus Daiquiri – Emeril’s

5.  Mango Cake with Mango Cream Cheese Frosting – Drizzle and Dip
She also has a great conversion table.

6. Mango-Rita – Champagne Mango

7.  Mango Bars – Baking Bites

8.  Mango Struesel  – Feast On the Cheap

9.  Mango Pineapple Salsa – Brown Eyed Baker

10.  How To Cut A Mango –  Champagne Mango

11.  Mango Gingersnap Flan – NL Rock Recipes

12.  Mango and Honey Crostini – Nikki Dinki Cooking

13.  Steak and Mango Salad with Cilantro Dressing –

14.  Upside Down Mini Mango Cakes – Ann Coo Journal

15.  Mango Cupcakes – Hungry Rabbit NYC

16.  Mango Getaway Bars – Taste Of Home

Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!













1 Comment

Amazing Chocolate Cake

Amazing Chocolate Cake

I needed a “knock your socks off” recipe
for a chocolate cake last week.

I ran across this one from the Barefoot Contessa.
She calls it “Beatty’s Chocolate Cake”.

It was so moist.

Absolutely delicious!

Everyone raved about it.

Definitely a keeper.


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