The Magnificent Mango

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MMMMMMM…Mango…. Such a delicious fruit. Living in south florida we are very fortunate to have an abundance of these beauties all around us. If you don’t have your own tree, you are sure to have a neighbor or friend that has one, more  than willing to share their harvest with you.

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Walking around the neighborhood it is quite a site to see when you pass a mango tree full of fruit ready for picking.

Besides the mango’s delicious juicy flesh, it is also loaded with vitamin C and Folate (B9) making it good for you too.

imageThere are a couple of easy ways to cut a mango. They are slightly oval in shape and have a large pit in the center. If you stand the unpeeled mango up,  try to feel the tip for the shape of the pit and slice off the mango on either side of it.

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You can then scoop out the flesh using a large spoon, and dice it up.

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imageAnother way you can dice the mango is by leaving the cut half in the skin, score the flesh with the tip of a sharp knife in a cross pattern,

imageinvert the skin, pushing the diced pieces outward,

imageand remove the diced pieces that way. The same can be done with avocados by the way. 🙂

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I had quite a few thanks to a good friend, so I diced some of them to freeze for later use. I make mango sorbet, smoothies, salads, and when blended with ice, a little simple syrup, fresh mint, lime juice and rum, makes a delicious Mango Mojito!

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I diced up a separate bowl for Mango Salsa. This is delicious with tortilla chips, on fish, chicken, pork, and also pairs nicely with Brie and goat cheese as a nice appetizer.

imageFor the Mango Salsa, all you need is some red onion, fresh cilantro, a jalapeño pepper, fresh lime juice, a little salt, and of course the mango!

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Depending how spicy you like your salsa, remove the seeds and membrane from the jalapeño. I like a little heat so I leave a little in. Mince it finely.

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imageToss it all together in a bowl, add the freshly squeezed lime juice and salt to taste.

imageCover the salsa, and refrigerate. It gets better as it sits, so making it a little ahead of time is best. It’s so delicious you’ll probable find yourself grabbing a spoonful right out of the bowl. It’s fresh, flavorful and very versatile. Enjoy!!

Mango Salsa ( Yields: 4 Cups )

Ingredients:

3-4 Fresh Ripe Mangos, about 4 c, Medium dice

1 c Red Onion, small dice

1 Jalapeño Pepper, seeded, minced

1/2 c Fresh Cilantro, chopped

1 Fresh Lime, juiced

1 tsp Kosher salt, or to taste

Procedure:

1. In a medium sized bowl, toss together the mango, red onion, jalapeño pepper, and cilantro until well combined. Add the fresh lime juice and salt to taste. Cover and refrigerate before using for best flavor.

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2 thoughts on “The Magnificent Mango

  1. I love mangos! Great mango salsa and mojito idea! I’m so jealous you just have fresh mango trees! I’ve never seen a mango tree here in texas!

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    • Hi Kat!
      Thanks for the comment! This recipe is so easy and delicious you’ll be making it often! Yes, we are lucky to have mango and avocado trees all around us here. I’m sure there are lots of great things growing where you are too! Enjoy!

      Dianne😊

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