On a sweltering summer's day, one of the best things we can do to cool off is to indulge in refreshing fruit. With all the options out there it's seemingly impossible to land on just one that you want, but there's one, in particular, that's versatile, juicy, and a fan favorite for many: the mango!
You can include it in tons of different recipes, though you first you need to learn how to cut it, peel it, determine if the skin if safe to eat, and how to eat a mango. Mangoes have much more variety than people think and even though it's often only seen as a dessert fruit, it can also be incorporated into tasty dinners! For all these reasons (and our deep love of mangoes) we've compiled the ultimate guide to help you get the most from your fruit.
One of the first things you need to do is determine whether the mango is ripe. There are a few techniques you can use to figure out if your mango is ready to go from testing the firmness, smelling it, and not relying solely on the color of it.
You'll want your mangoes to yield to slight pressure, give off a sweet scent, and not worry too much about the color. There are over 500 mango types in the world and determining ripeness based on color alone might not leave you with the best fruit. Remember that if your mango is too hard, it isn't ripe yet, but if it's too mushy, then it's probably past its prime.
As soon as you get your hands on a ripe mango, it's time to peel it. There are two easy ways you can peel mangoes and the first way is with a knife.
The second method is one of the easier ones and you can merely use a potato peeler on a mango the same way you would a potato.
Technically, mango skins are safe to consume, but plenty of people opt for ignoring it. Mango skin is edible yet tough and possesses a bitter taste. There is also a compound known as urushiol, which is commonly found in plants such as poison ivy or poison oak. People often experience an itch upon eating the skin because of this very reason. If you're someone who's particularly sensitive to urushiol then it's obviously best to peel it and consume the flesh.
However, if you're someone who can handle the skin no problem then you'll be able to ingest minerals, vitamins, and a healthy amount of fiber.
The best way you can cut a mango successfully is with the cubing method. This also doubles as a way to peel it and get as much flesh as you can from the skin.
There are tons of delicious recipes you can enjoy with mangoes in the summer. As we mentioned before, mangoes are one of the most enjoyable fruits not only because of their taste but because of how many ways you can use it.
Once the mango halves are scored tons of people like eating the flesh on its own. I mean, who can blame them? But if you're looking for a little more variety then all you need to do is use the cubed mango with an assortment of other fruits that you enjoy. Fruit salads are super simple to make and only need to contain the foods you love most. This tasty treat is a great way to unwind on a summer's day.
This recipe teaches you how to caramelize mango slices or cubes as a terrific addition to desserts. It doesn't require much effort or many ingredients on your end and you'll be left with a topping for yogurt or ice cream.
What's more refreshing than a nice cold smoothie in the summer? Really, what's better than a nice cold smoothie any time of the year? Smoothies are super simple to make and are another one of those recipes that can be chalk full of ingredients you love. Whipping up a mango smoothie for a cool-down treat or a healthy breakfast will surely bring a smile to your face.
Where would this list be if we didn't include mango chicken? A popular dish for many, this dinner is a grab bag of herbs and spices that bring an incredible medley of flavors to your plate. This mixture of sweet and savory is a go-to dinner that has been gracing dinner tables for years.
Mangoes are our friends. Not only do they make great desserts but they're brilliant additions to a wide variety of dinner options that we just can't resist. Understanding how to peel a mango, cut it, whether the skin is safe, and all the ways you can prepare it will only help you in the kitchen. Head to your local grocery store and pick up a mango (or several) so your home and belly can heartily thank you!