Mangos – sweet, delicious and nutritious
Mangos are a fun, delicious and colorful way to enhance your breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks.
Have you recently walked through your local grocery market’s produce aisle and noticed an abundance amount of mangos? Mangos are in-season now through the fall months, so it’s time to savor and enjoy this tasty fruit! The majority of the mangos in Michigan are exported from Florida, Mexico and Brazil. Michigan State University Extension encourages you to sample this versatile fruit in a variety of ways.
Mangos are a sweet fruit with a soft, pulpy texture. Below are some easy, short recipes for this delicious fruit, adapted from the Fruits and Veggies more Matters page:
- Mango salsa: mangos, red onions, jalapenos, cilantros and lime juice. Serve this salsa over a fish or poultry dish.
- Mango smoothie: blend one cup of orange juice, a half-cup of yogurt and one banana (throw in some raw spinach or kale for a boost of energy).
- Mango tea: slice and freeze mangos then add to flavored ice teas.
- Frozen treat: blend sliced mangos and orange juice, freeze in ice trays.
- Parfait: layer fat-free yogurt with granola, raisins and mangos.
Mangos are packed with vitamin C, vitamin A and are a low-fat food. When selecting your mangos, don’t focus on the color. You want to gently squeeze the mango and feel for a slight give. Mangos are similar like avocados and peaches, which also become softer when ripe. Store the mangos at room temperature, and then move to the refrigerator once ripe. Always handle and practice food safety measures when cutting your mangos. Be sure to wash your mangos before prepping.
MSU Extension offers various educational programs for adults, families and children that focus on lifestyle changes to promote healthy eating. Find a program near you at msue.anr.msu.edu/county.