WHAT IS A MANGO?
These Asian stone fruits have been grown in India for over 4,000 years. Back then before refrigeration existed, mangoes were pickled for long-distance transport. Their trees can grow to over 100 feet (30 meters) in height with hundreds of different species yielding fruit in different shapes and colors. It’s sweetness is due to almost 14% of the fruit’s weight being made up of just natural sugar!
WHY ARE MANGOES GOOD FOR YOU?
Besides their succulent, juicy flavor and unique smell, mangoes are among the more nutritious fruits available. It’s rich in fiber, vitamins (A,B,C & E) and minerals (potassium & copper). Also the mango is a good source of fiber and anti-oxidants. And 1 cup of mangoes only adds up to around 110 calories, so they’re a healthy snack as well.
WHEN ARE MANGOES IN SEASON?
In more tropical regions 2 harvests a year are not uncommon. However in rest of the northern and southern hemisphere, they’re a summer crop.
HOW SHOULD MANGOES BE STORED?
Until they’ve ripened, store your mango at room temperature. As with other fruits and vegetables, to accelerate the ripening process place your fruit in a paper bag (at room temperature). Once your mangoes are close to being ripe, then refrigerate them. This will slow down the further prolong your drupe’s shelf life! You can also cube and freeze your mango, but make sure to store them in an airtight container to avoid freezer-burn.
WHAT IS THE PROPER WAY TO CUT A MANGO?
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ARE MANGOES A “SEX VITAMIN”?
For thousands of years, mangoes have also been a symbol of male sexuality. While reasons vary depending on the history and culture of the specific place, what stays the same are the nutritional benefits. They’re rich in vitamin E, which has proven reproductive benefits. And the rich, juicy nature of the fruit itself has been a popular sexual metaphor.