We’re excited to highlight one of our favorite tropical fruits, mangos! This juicy fruit is the featured fruit in our Monthly Harvest Club for May, and is also available as a fruit gift box – buy this fruit box now, and save 10% in May 2016! Mangos are one of the most popular fruits in the world!
First grown in India over 5,000 years ago, mangos require warm, dry weather for premium quality fruit. They are grown in tropical areas – where the atmosphere is perfect for this sweet, flavorful fruit. Mangos are low in calories and high in fiber, and used in many recipes like low-fat desserts, smoothies, salads, muffins or alongside sweet white rice. One cup of mango is just 100 calories, and they also provide your daily serving of Vitamin C.
Choosing a mango is an art. You can’t always judge a ripe mango by it’s color. Instead, you should go off how the mango feels when squeezed gently. If it gives slightly, then it should be ready for consumption. Also the aroma from the stem is another indication. If you have a firm mango, allowing it to sit on your counter top for a few days should be all it needs. You can also place the mango in a paper bag at room temperature to speed up the ripening process.
Most commonly, mangos are cut away from the pit, which is large, then peeled before their use.