Mango is a very popular fruit all around the world. It can be found in the south parts of Asia, in India, but also in many other parts of the world.
Mango is easily recognizable fruit, because of its exotic colour and also because of its magnificent taste.
We can find mangoes in orange, yellow, red or green colour. Very often the skin of a mango is actually the mix of these colours.
Mango is a fruit whose taste and appearance are reminiscent of the exotic, the sun and the sea.
If you are also a lover of tropical fruits, then you must have had the opportunity to enjoy mango.
This fruit will best refresh you in hot summer days and it will delight you again and again with its unique taste. But, what does actually mango taste like?
It tastes like a mixture of peach, pineapple and orange. Some people say that a mango has a taste of melon and papaya as well.
Those who have tried mango often compare it to a pineapple. When a mango is ripe, it will have a sweet taste, but if it is not ripe enough, it is not only sweet, but it is a little sour as well.
Mango is well-known for its taste and it is one of the most favourite exotic fruits in the world.
In this text we are going to talk about the taste of a mango and about many other interesting things related to this fruit.
Also, you will find out which health benefits mango can offer to you.
We believe that after you read this text, you will certainly want to try mango and to make it a part of your everyday diet.
How to Consume a Mango?
Most people eat mango fresh and ripe. It can be also eaten unripe or it can be used as an ingredient for many dishes.
There are so many recipes in which mango is used as one of the most important ingredients.
First of all we are going to tell you how to eat a fresh mango. You have to know that the skin of a mango has usually an attractive colour, but you have to remove it before you eat mango.
Of course, you can cut it together with its skin, so in this case you have to scoop the flesh out.
In the center of a mango you will find a seed that can be very hard. You have to know that you should not eat this seed and you should throw the seed away.
If you are planning to eat a fresh mango, you should know that it is not always easy to cut it, because it has an oval shape.
However, you can buy a cutter that is specified for mango and it will help you cut it and pit it easily.
Mango is a favourite fruit not only because of its taste, but also because of its unique texture.
The flesh of a mango has a texture almost the same as a peach.
However, if you choose a mango that is not ripe, it will be a little crunchy in its texture.
But, it is also very important to recognize if a mango has gone bad.
In this case a mango will have a sour and a bitter taste.
Also, it will have a vinegar smell sometimes.
That’s why it is pretty easy to recognize if it is time to throw away your mango.
It can happen if you buy a mango that is already ripe and if you don’t eat it for a couple of days.
In this case it can happen that your mango goes bad.
Now when you know how to eat a fresh mango, it is time to tell you what are other ways in which you can eat this delicious fruit.
First of all you should know that a mango can be used both in sweet and savory dishes.
For example, if you want to eat mango for a breakfast, you can combine it with yogurt or with cottage cheese.
Also, there are many desserts that you can make with mangoes.
Smoothies with this fruit are especially popular during the summer because they are refreshing and at the same time very healthy.
Later in this text we are going to present you a couple of interesting recipes with mango.
Mango is a typical fruit that is used in the cuisines of Mexico, India and Philippine.
Also, in many other parts of the world a mango is a very popular ingredient in many recipes.
The Taste of a Mango
We have already told you that a mango is the mixture of many different tastes, such as peach, pineapple, melon, orange and papaya.
If you like sweet mangos, then you should eat them when they are completely ripe.
A ripe mango is also juicy and you will certainly enjoy its taste and texture.
On the other side, if you prefer a mango that has a sour taste a little bit, then you should eat it when it is unripe.
In this case not only will your mango be a little sour, but it will not be as juicy as when it is ripe.
It is up to you to choose which mango flavour suits you best and accordingly to that, you should buy ripe or unripe mangoes.
When you are buying mangoes, it is also important to take into account when you are going to eat them.
If you will eat them in a couple of days, then you should buy unripe mangos that are firm and hard.
If you buy a mango that is fully ripe and you don’t eat it within a few days, it may go bad and you have to throw it away.
That’s why we always suggest buying unripe mangoes if you won’t be eating them for the next few days.
Now when you know what is the taste of a mango and how to consume it properly, we have to tell you that mango is very healthy.
You are going to find out what the health benefits of a mango are.
The Health Benefits of a Mango
First of all you have to know that a mango is rich in vitamins and minerals. It is particularly important to mention a high amount of vitamin C.
Mango Improves Your Digestion. Maybe you haven’t heard it yet, but a mango is rich in fiber, so it will have a great impact on your digestive tract.
If you eat mango regularly, it will certainly regulate your digestion and it will prevent many digestive problems.
Mango Boosts Your Immune System. Another health benefit of a mango is related to your immunity.
If you add a mango to your daily diet, it will certainly have a positive influence on your overall health.
Due to a great amount of vitamins and minerals that are hidden in a mango, this tropical fruit will boost your immune system.
Mango Improves Your Eye Health. We have already told you that a mango is rich in nutrients, but you may not heard yet that this fruit is very good for the health of our eyes.
The most important role in this case have powerful antioxidants, such as zeaxantin and lutein.
Also, it is known that a mango contains a high amount of vitamin A, which makes it perfect for your eye health.
Mango Can Reduce the Risk of Cancer. Due to a big amount of antioxidants, mango can prevent many diseases.
It is known that a mango has strong antiviral and also anticancer effects.
Many studies that were done on animals have shown that the antioxidants in a mango can reduce the growth of cancer cells.
If you eat mango regularly, it can reduce the risk of a lung, breast and other types of a cancer.
Mango Helps in Weight Loss. There is also good news for all people who would like to lose weight.
Even though a mango has a high amount of sugar, it can help you reduce your weight, but only if it is eaten in small portions.
It is great to eat a mango as a snack after breakfast, for example.
Also, you can eat a mango as a dessert after lunch.
However, you should be careful and you should not eat too much of this fruit, because it contains a big amount of sugar.
If you want to lose weight, you should always eat a fresh mango because it has not too many calories. For example, one cup of a fresh mango has approximately 100 calories.
On the other side, we have a dried mango that contains a lot of calories. One cup of a dried mango contains more than 500 calories, so you should avoid it if you want to reduce weight.
As you can see, there are a lot of health benefits related to mangoes. Not only is a mango good for people, but it is also completely safe to give a mango to your dog.
However, you should have in mind that a mango is rich in sugar, so we recommend you to give a dog only 1 or 2 ounces of mango weekly.
Of course, you should not give a mango to your dog every day, but occasionally a mango could be great treat for your dog.
How to Store a Mango?
The first thing that you should know about storing mangoes is not to put unripe mangoes in the fridge. You should store them at room temperature in your kitchen.
However, if your mango is ripe enough, then you should put it in the fridge. A ripe mango can be stored in the fridge for about 5 days.
If you have already eaten a mango that you have bought, but you cannot eat the whole mango, then you should store the leftover of a mango in the fridge for a couple of days.
Good news is that you can freeze a mango if you want to save it for a longer period of time.
If you want to freeze a mango, you should mash it first and put it in the air-tight container with a zip-lock.
Most important in this case is to be sure that there is no air left in the container with your mango, because it could ruin it.
If there is some air left in the container, it could make your mango brown or it could lose its color completely.
In this case your mango has probably gone bad and you can throw it away.
Because of that you should try to squeeze all the air from the container with your mango.
There is also another way to freeze a mango. If your mango is cut into slices or maybe into cubes, you can put them simply in the tray and leave it for about half an hour in the fridge.
After that time when your mango is already solid, you can put it in the air-tight container in the freezer.
If you decide to freeze a mango, you will extend its shelf life. You should eat a frozen mango within 6 months.
You can also easily defrost your frozen mango. You need only to put it in the fridge for an hour or two.
After that time you should eat it immediately. You can use this mango for making smoothies, ice-cream or you can use it for baking.
Recipes with Mango
- Smoothie with Mango and Pineapple
Ingredients: cubes of a mango
vanilla greek yogurt
chunks of a pineapple
vanilla almond milk (unsweetened)
Preparation: The first thing you should do is to cut a fresh mango and a pineapple into chunks. Put all the ingredients in the blender and mix them. You can also add a couple of ice cubes.
Also, you can add bananas and berries if you want. After several minutes of blending your smoothie will be ready and you can enjoy it. It will be creamy and delicious.
This smoothie could be a great choice for your breakfast, especially during the summer when it is good to have a light breakfast.
This mango pineapple smoothie will make you full and it will give you energy for the rest of the day.
Also, this smoothie can be a great dessert or a snack. In any case, it is always better to drink a smoothie than to eat some junk food and snacks.
- Smoothie with Mango and Coconut
Ingredients: 200 ml of coconut milk
4 tablespoons of coconut milk yogurt
120 g of frozen mango cubes
1 tablespoon of ground pumpkin seeds
1 tablespoon of ground sunflower seeds
1 passion fruit (optional)
Preparation: Prepare all the ingredients except the pumpkin and sunflower seeds and put them in your blender.
Blend this mixture and you will get a creamy smoothie after a couple of minutes.
You just need to sprinkle the ground pumpkin and sunflower seeds on the top of your glass with a smoothie.
Also, to finish your smoothie you can cut a passion fruit in the glass. Enjoy your smoothie.
- Salad of Mango and Lime
Ingredients: 2 ripe mangoes
1 cup of red bell pepper (diced)
¼ red onion (sliced)
¼ cup of fresh mint (chopped)
2 tablespoons of cilantro
3 tablespoons of lime juice
1 tablespoon of olive oil
½ tablespoon of honey
¼ teaspoon of salt
black pepper (ground)
Preparation: Prepare two ripe mangoes first. The next step is to chop a half of a cucumber, to slice ¼ of a red onion and to dice the bell pepper.
Also, you have to chop cilantro and fresh mint that you have prepared. Put all the ingredients together in a bowl.
Prepare another bowl and mix olive oil, honey and lime juice in it. Add this mixture to the first bowl with mangoes.
Mix all together and add ¼ teaspoon of salt. Your mango salad is ready and you can eat it within 3 days. Of course, you should keep it in the fridge.
We hope that we have given you enough reasons to introduce a mango in your diet. You will be delighted with its taste and also with all benefits that this tropical fruit will bring to you.