Bring a little of the tropics to your home with this creamy tropical mango smoothie!
The mango is a juicy stone fruit that comes in many different varieties. The mango is native to South Asia where it has been distributed worldwide to become one of the most cultivated fruits in the tropics.
That’s because mangoes are FREAKING DELICIOUS!¬†Mangoes are generally sweet, although the taste and texture of the fruit’s flesh can vary from variety to variety.
Some have soft, pulpy texture and others are firm. Others are stringy and fibrous…I hate these. I feel like I’m flossing when I eat these mangoes. I recommend that for this recipe you use frozen mangoes or if using fresh, make sure to get a soft pulpy one.
Mangos are rich in carotenoids such as beta-carotene, lutein and alpha-carotene. It also is full of polyphenols such as quercetin, kaempferol, gallic acid, caffeic acid, catechins and tannins. They are unfortunately only in season during the Summer months, but there is a secret to enjoying them for most of the year.
Freeze them. Get big gallon sized plastic zip-lock baggies….and freeze them.Mangoes freeze exceptionally well, and if you live in an area where they grow well in backyards, you’ll be up to your ears in mangoes. The best way to cut a mango is as follows:
- Using a Y-shaped peeler, work your way around the mango, removing the skin. As you expose more of the pulp, use a paper towel to hold the peeled mango to it doesn’t slip out of your hand.
- Determine the tallest line of the mango. Place the mango on the cutting board and find the side that seems the tallest – the pit will be sitting along this line.
- Slice your mango in half, avoiding the pit. Holding the mango with a paper towel, position the chef’s knife, aiming it at the center of the fruit. Slice the sides off the mango, avoiding the pit.
- Holding the fruit vertically, trim the remaining flesh off the pit.
- Finish cutting the mango by slices the pieces into smaller wedges.
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