Sunday, July 1, 2012

What do I eat that is in season? Mango Maddness

Let's face it, when a fruit or a vegetable is not in season it can be costly to purchase and may not taste like it does when it is in season. My kids love mangoes. Off season, I have purchased mangoes as high as $3 a piece and then been dissapointed with the quality of the expensive investment. Mango season generally runs from May until July in tropical climate areas. Fortunately by living in South Florida we are lucky to have a season of boutiful and beautiful mangoes going on right now!

There are hundreds of different types of mangoes with a handful of commercially purchased types. Mangoes are rich in Vitamin A, providing 25% of the RDA in just one mango. Vitamin A is important for skin and mucous lining tissue strength. They are rich in Vitamin C and Vitamin E both of which are important antioxidants. And, they are rich in fiber which is benefiical for bowel health and in the reduction of heart disease.

If you are leary about eating mangoes because they have a giant seed in the middle and you may be unsure of how to cut them, then Click here to follow the step by step instruction of how to cut up a mango. Another way to enjoy a mango is to just peel off the skin and eat the mango right off the seed. This is best enjoyed outside where you or your child has access to water for a quick rinse off. They do get messy, but the deliciously rich and sweet taste of mangoes is a definite summer must have.

Recipe ideas for mangoes:

A cold way to enjoy mangoes is to make a quick mango sorbet by adding 1 pound of cut up frozen mango with 1/2 cup of water and 1/8 teaspoon Xanthum gum.

A dinner addition including mangoes is to toss diced up mango with black beans, green onions and cooked quinoa to make a light and simple salad.

Our friend invited us over this weekend to pick mangoes right from the trees in her yard.
Her family has three different trees and each one was ready to be picked.

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