Recipe: Mango Crazy!
Today's recipe post is all about the mango fruit! In my research I found a great website called: http://www.mango.org/
. This is a beautiful, visually pleasing website that is perfect for kids and anyone who is interested in learning more about the world's most favorite fruit!
Here are some of the wonderful Facts and Tips found on the site:
Mango Fun Facts:
- Mangos are the most popular fruit in the world
- Mangos were first grown in India over 5,000 years ago
- Mango seeds traveled with humans from Asia to the Middle East, East Africa and South America beginning around 300 or 400 A.D.
- The paisley pattern, developed in India, is based on the shape of a mango
- A basket of mangos is considered a gesture of friendship in India
- Legend says that Buddha meditated under the cool shade of a mango tree
- Mangos are related to cashews and pistachios
- A mango tree can grow as tall as 100 feet
- The bark, leaves, skin and pit of the mango have been used in folk remedies for centuries
- A one-cup serving of mangos is just 100 calories
- Mangos provide 100% of your daily vitamin C, 35% of your daily vitamin A and 12% of your daily fiber
Mango Selection and Ripening
Don't judge a mango by its color - red does not mean ripe. Squeeze gently to judge ripeness. A ripe mango will "give" slightly and a firm mango will ripen at room temperature over a few days. To speed up ripening, place mangos in a paper bag at room temperature. Once ripe, mangos can be moved to the refrigerator to slow down ripening for several days.
- In many Latin American countries, mango on a stick with the skin peeled back is sold by street vendors. Mangos can be enjoyed with salt, lime juice or chili powder for a unique flavor experience.
- Mangos have natural tenderizing properties, making them a perfect ingredient for marinades.
- Try the versatile mango in smoothies, salads, salsas, chutneys, on fish, chicken or pork, as a dessert or just plain as a delicious snack.
Today's recipe is a 3 ingredient Mango Sorbet:
You will need:
- 4 mangos - peeled, seeded, and cubed
- 1 cup simple syrup
- 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice (best to self-squeeze from fresh limes)
(You will also need a food processor and an ice cream maker. If you do not have an ice cream maker, you can use a large resealable freezer bag to hold contents).
- Prepare the 4 mangos
- Place cubed and prepared mango in a food processor and puree.
- Pour in simple syrup and lime juice and puree until smooth.
- Place in an ice cream maker. Freeze thoroughly.
*A great simple recipe to try this summer while home with your kiddos!