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