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:
- Pick Your Own has a great tutorial on freezing mangoes.
How to cut a mango:
- Champagne Mango (see #10 below)
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
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 – Recipe.com
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!