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Mango Salsa

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Growing up, mangoes were a rare and special treat. Nowadays, however, they are much easier to come by. Plus, when they are in season, they can be pretty reasonably priced! But because so many of us in the United States grew up only rarely (if ever) having them, many of us don’t know what to do with them, other than slurping them up with gusto.

So, I wanted to share my tips on how to cut a mango, as well as a super easy and delicious mango salsa recipe, so you can start to explore the many ways that mangoes can bring joy to your taste buds!

Different Types of Mangoes

While there are many, many different types of mangoes grown all over the world, there are two types that are more commonly found here in the United States: Tommy Atkins (also called Haden or Kent) and Ataulfo (also known as Champagne or Honey). Here are some tips on what they look like, taste like, and how to tell when they are ripe.

Tommy Atkins Mangoes

Tommy Atkins/Haden/Kent Mangoes

These are what you probably think of as classic mangoes. They are red with green and yellow overtones. Taste wise, they’re sweet, with a touch of sourness. You can tell they are ripe when the green parts turn more yellow and they are slightly soft to the touch.

Ataulfo or Honey Mangoes

Ataulfo/Champagne/Honey

These mangoes are smaller than Tommy Atkins mangoes. They are also become easier to find, including at stores like Costco and Trader Joe’s. They are sweet with a sour hint and are less fibrous than Tommy Atkins mangoes. You can tell they are ripe when they go even more golden and small wrinkles form on the skin.

When Are Mangoes in Season?

Mangoes are at their peak from March through July. You will often see them on sale in the grocery stores in March and April. You can find a helpful chart on mango seasonality here.

Mega Mango Smoothie

Nutritional Benefits of Mangoes

Not only are mangoes delicious, but they are also really good for you! Just one cup of mango can provide you with 67% of your needed Vitamin C, which is important for iron absorption, immune support, and cell repair and growth.

But those aren’t the only immune boosting vitamins that mangoes provide. They also serve up a nice dose of Vitamin E and a number of B vitamins.

In addition, mangoes are rich in folate and copper, which are especially important for pregnant women as they promote fetal growth and development.

Mangoes are also a great source of antioxidants, which helps to prevent cell damage.  

Finally, mangoes can help to keep you regular and to support your digestive health in general. This is because they offer a good dose of fiber, as well as amylases, which is an enzymes that help to break down complex carbohydrates.

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How to Cut a Mango

Mangoes can be diced or sliced, depending on how you want to serve them. Here is how to do both.

How to Dice a Mango

Step 1: Hold the mango so that the stem is on top and the base of the mango is resting on the counter.

cutting into mango

Step 2: Cut vertically, about ¼ of an inch away from the midline – this will make it so that you avoid the pit inside.

cut mango

Step 3: Repeat on the other side of the pit.

cubed mango

Step 4: Cut the flesh inside each half of the mango in a grid-like pattern, making sure not to slice all the way through the skin.

removing cubed mango

Step 5: There are two potential ways to take the next step. Option 1 is to gently push the skin of the mango half so that the mango flesh pushes outward, then slice the diced mango off. Option 2 is to use a large spoon to scoop the diced flesh out from the skin.

How to Slice a Mango

Step 1: Hold the mango so that the stem is on top and the base of the mango is resting on the counter.

cutting into mango

Step 2: Cut vertically, about ¼ of an inch away from the midline – this will make it so that you avoid the pit inside.

Step 3: Repeat on the other side of the pit.

slicing mango

Step 4: Slice the flesh inside each half of the mango as thin or as thick as you want your slices to be, making sure not to slice all the way through the skin.

scooping out sliced mango

Step 5: Use a large spoon to scoop the sliced flesh out from the skin.

Or Use a Mango Slicer

If, like my family, you love to eat mangoes when they are in season, another great option is to use a mango slicing tool, like this one.

Mango Salsa

Mango Salsa

Jessica Braider
This spicy-sweet salsa will enliven any Latin American meal you’ve got!
Prep Time 15 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Servings 6 servings

Ingredients
  

  • 1 ripe mango diced (about 1 cup)
  • ¼ – 1/2 sweet yellow onion finally diced (1/2 cup)
  • 1 jalapeno finely diced, with or without seeds, depending on your tolerance for spice, about 2 Tbsp.
  • 1/2 lime juice only (about 2 Tbsp.)
  • 1/4 tsp. salt

Instructions
 

  • Combine all ingredients in a non-reactive serving bowl and refrigerate until ready to serve (up to 24 hours).

Notes

Nutritional Information Per Serving (% based upon daily values): Calories 28, Total Fat: 0g, 0%; Saturated Fat: 0g, 0%; Cholesterol: 0mg, 0%; Sodium: 98mg, 4%; Total Carbohydrate: 7g, 2.5%; Dietary Fiber: 1g, 3%; Sugar: 6g; Protein: 1g
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