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Fruit from Mexico – Ode to the Mango

An Ode to the Mango….

Enjoying a mango on the beach

Mangos … a perfect food. I know I’ve spoken before about our love of the simple mango. Sweet, orange, perfection. To quote the famous Dr. Suess…”I will eat them here or there, I will eat them anywhere!” We eat them for breakfast, as a snack, and for dessert. I like them plain. I like them fully loaded with lime, chili, and chamoy sauce. I like them on a stick. I like them in a cup. My kids love them. My three year old will sometimes eat two in a day, seriously a three year old, will eat a healthy fruit, twice in one day…it’s like nature’s candy. We have photos of mangos thru the years in Rocky Point. The Mango is one of those foods that seem mysterious and exotic in the States. I don’t think I ever even had a mango until my first visit to Rocky Point. I was sitting at the beach and everywhere people were eating these delicious looking “flowers”. I had to try one, and I’ve been hooked ever since. For years I tried to replicate the flower at home. The beach vendors make it look so easy, cutting your mango with ninja like skills. I’ve watched with awe, taken photos, taken videos. After nine years, I’ve finally mastered some basics, so when I’m in Phoenix and they are in season at the store or farmers market, I can actually cut one up that’s edible and not a mangled mess of mush. But nothing is the same as a mango on the beach.

Beach Vendors selling Fresh Mangos

Sometimes they are sold by the “Mango Man” pushing his wheelbarrow with a cooler. Now, in front of some resorts, you can find the snack carts with mangos and many other botanas (snacks). Both mango vendors will usually have a line during a busy weekend and they typically cost around $3USD.

 

Not only are mangos delicious, they are also super healthy. They have 100% of your vitamin C requirements. The also have Vitamin A, B6, K, Calcium, Folate, Potassium, Iron and Copper. And fiber! We all know that’s important.

 

Here are some fun mango facts I found on Mango.org (yes a whole website dedicated to the mango, just awesome):

Mangos are the most popular fruit in the world.

Who wants one!

Mangos were first grown in India over 5000 years ago.

Mangos are a symbol of love in India and a basket of mangos is considered a gesture of friendship. (You can be my friend for a basket of mangos!)

The shape of the mango was the inspiration for the paisley pattern.

Mangos are related to cashews and pistachios.

There are hundreds of mango varieties, but 6-12 main varieties found in the US and Mexico, and you can find an in season mango year round.

Don’t judge a mango by it’s color, the test of ripeness is the in the feel, it should give slightly like an avocado.

 

So enjoy a mango or two or five on your stay. They’re muy delicioso and good for you too.

 

Bon Appetit!

Riley Enjoying a Mango

 

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