Mad About Mangos
Here are some tips and recipes for enjoying the world's most popular fruit.
Tried a mango lately? If so, you've tasted the most popular fruit in the
Surprised? We may think the banana is No. 1, but that's only in the United
States. It's the mango that rules the world, says Robert Schueller, public
relations director for Melissa's/World Variety Product.
Although mangos are said to be native to India, they are now grown on every
continent, even North America.
"Ninety-nine percent of the mangos in the U.S. are imported, mainly from
Brazil and Mexico," says Schueller.
But California is home to a big crop of Green Keitt Mangos, which, according
to Schueller, are the best-tasting variety. (These California mangos are
available from late July to mid-October.)
Many of us may have had our first experience in a smoothie or margarita
because mangos work well in a blender. But mangos add color and fabulous flavor
to any dish. They are a member of the acclaimed "yellow and orange fruits
and vegetables" grouping known to contain healthy antioxidants like vitamin
C. They also contain two classes of phytochemicals (biologically active
plant-food components) scientists are studying for their health-promoting
potential: carotenoids and bioflavonoids.
According to the Produce for Better Health's 5 a Day program, plenty of
and vegetables, as part of a low-fat diet,
may help you maintain:
- A healthy heart
- Healthy vision
- A healthy immune system
- A lower risk of some cancers.
Along with a few grams of fiber (almost 2 grams of which is soluble fiber),
one cup of fresh mango gives you 184% of the Daily Value for vitamin A (and
it's super rich in beta-carotene), and 61% of the Daily Value for vitamin
1 cup of mango slices also contains:
- 107 calories
- 1 gram of protein
- 28 grams carbohydrate
- 0.5 grams fat (0.2 monounsaturated fat, 0.1 g polyunsaturated fat)
- 3 grams fiber
- 3 mg sodium
- 12% daily value for vitamin E
- 17% daily value for vitamin B6
There are over 150 varieties of mangos, so there are many outer colors,
shapes, and sizes -- all with that beautifully golden, sweet, uniquely flavored
fruit on the inside. No matter what the variety, you'll need to use your
fingers and your nose to test for ripeness: ripe mangos feel soft when you
apply slight pressure and have a fruity fragrance.