Mango

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Flickr: FutureExpat

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Flickr: stevendepolo

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Flickr: Bridget Coila

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Mango

Description

Mangoes vary in size and color, but are usually red, yellow, or green on the outside and yellow or orange inside. They have a single flat, oblong pit that does not separate easily from the pulp. Ripe, unpeeled mangoes smell very sweet.

Buy It

  • Mangoes should be plump and firm, but not hard.
  • They should have smooth yellow or red skin and smell sweet.

Store It

  • Keep whole, uncut mangoes at room temperature and use within 3-5 days.
  • Once cut up, store mango in an airtight container in the refridgerator and eat within 1-2 days.
  • Whole mangoes can be stored in the refridgerator in a plastic bag for up to 1 week.
  • A mango is ripe when it feels soft if you press the skin.

Cook It

  • Clean mangoes by rinsing under cool running water and scrubbing with a brush or rubbing with your hands. Dry with paper towels or air ary. Cut off all four sides of the mango around the large seed, then slide a paring knife between the skin and meat of the mango to remove the skin. You can slice the mango or cut it into chunks.
  • You can also remove the skin by using the tip of a sharp knife to make 4-6 shallow cuts in the skin from the top almost to the stem end of the mango. Peel back the skin as you would a banana and eat around the pit.
  • Enjoy over fish or chicken, or as a part of a fruit salad.

Why It's Great

  • Vitamin A keeps our eyes working, our immune system strong, and our cells growing.
  • Vitamin C keeps our immune system strong and helps our bodies heal quickly.
  • Vitamin E protects cells in our body from damage and keeps our immune system healthy.
  • Potassium, a type of electrolyte, helps build muscle and keeps your heart healthy.  

 

    

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