In season | Mangoes

By
The Editor
Added
09 January, 2014

Nothing feels more like summer than sweet sticky mango juice dribbling down your chin; those glorious late summer days when you can buy a whole box – a whole box! – of soft ripe fruit for next to nothing.

Mangoes don’t keep well once they’re ripe, but you can store them in the refrigerator for 2­–5 days as the low temperature will stop them from ripening any further. Mangoes are an incredible treat eaten just as they are. You can peel off the skin and then slice the flesh from the stone; or, alternatively, stand an unpeeled mango on its end and slice each side off the pip. Score the flesh into squares without cutting through the skin, then apply a little pressure to the skin side and the mango cheek will open out ready to be eaten. Sprinkle with a little salt and ground chilli for an intense hit of flavour, or top your breakfast cereal with mango cubes, passionfruit pulp and some shredded mint for a healthy start to the day.

As much as you may be tempted to, one should not devour an entire box of mangoes – but luckily there are myriad ways to preserve the fruit. Mango keeps well in the freezer – just cut the flesh into cubes and seal in a zip-lock bag, or purée the fruit first if you’re planning to use it for smoothies. Puréed mango makes incredible sorbet and just needs to be mixed with a little sugar syrup before churning in an ice-cream maker.

Mangoes can be grilled, baked or piled on a pav. The fruit’s rich, intensely aromatic flavour pairs well with most other fruits, especially lime, passionfruit, kiwifruit and banana, as well as herbs such as mint, basil and Vietnamese mint. But mango plays just as well with savoury – think mango, lime and chilli salsa atop a fish taco, or sweet and spicy mango chutney alongside your favourite Sri Lankan curry.

And, just in case you needed any more excuses to eat mangoes this summer, they are also a great source of Vitamin A, Vitamin C and beta-carotene. 


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