The Mango has become a very popular fruit although it is not a melon. There are some who consider it the “king of the fruits”. Whether you agree or not, the mango is rich in nutrition, has a pleasant yet rich sweet taste with a mild tartness. Depending on the cultivar type, it comes in different shapes and sizes, with paisley outer skin color. Its orange-yellow flesh envelopes a single large kidney-shaped seed. Mangos contain over 20 different vitamins and minerals, including flavonoids—beta-carotene, alpha-carotene, and beta-cryptoxanthin as well as antioxidant compounds. Some consider a super health food with just 99 calories per 1 cup serving. Mangos were first grown in India and gradually migrated with travelers to the Middle East, Africa, and even South America. They are actually related to cashews and pistachios.
Mangos can be enjoyed fresh, added to salads, blended with milk or other non-dairy drink for a mango smoothie/milk shake. The mango has become quite popular in sauces as well as salsas, and don’t forget jams, jellies, sweet candy, and ice cream. As we mentioned with papayas, Mango fruit should be avoided for individuals on warfarin therapy. As always, it is best to check with your doctor before digging into this particular fruit, especially if you are aware of a mango-related allergy. Mangos also have natural tenderizing properties and are great for marinades. Perhaps it’s time for you to try the versatile mango in salads, chutneys, smoothies, on chicken or pork, as a dessert, or just plain as a delicious fruit snack. Here’s to your health.
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