The mango is an edible juicy, fleshy stone fruit of a tropical tree of the same name. It is native to South Asia but is now grown worldwide. It is also the national fruit of countries such as India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, and the Philippines.
The mango tree grows quite large to about 40 meters in height. The tree can live to way over 100 years. It is an evergreen tree which has small white flowers that end up as a fruit of either one of the 400 species of mango.
Depending on the variety the fruit is known to grow to about 5 to 15 cm long and 4 to 10 cm wide and contains a single oblong-shaped seed or stone. The pit is surrounded in a fleshy pulp. The fruit takes about three to six months to ripen.
The fruit varies in its outer skin color from yellow, orange, red, or green in varied tones. Ripe mangoes have a sweet taste with a slight tartness to it. It bears a mild rich fragrance.
Fresh mangoes are seasonal and are ready depending on the variety and region in which they are grown, be it tropical regions or subtropical regions. They are generally harvested when mature and green and allowed to ripen thereafter. The raw mango tends to be sour in taste and can be appealing to use in some savory dishes.
When purchasing them from the stores, select those that are firm but give in to pressure. The skin should be free from bruises and blemishes. There should be no signs of mold or rot on them. Ripe fruit should be stored in a refrigerator while the raw mature fruit should be stored at room temperature and left to ripen over several days.
Preparation of Mango for Culinary Purposes
You want to wash the mangoes in cold running water to remove any dirt, pesticide residue, insect eggs, and other surface pollutants. The fruit can be eaten as is without any Seasoning is the process of adding salt, herbs or spices to food to enhance the flavor. The term is also loosely used to refer to the salt, herbs and spices use to enhance the flavor of dishes. The seasoning can be added before, during or after the preparation of the meal. The final flavor of the food can be influenced... More or additional additives when ripe. The skin and pulp are both edible.
It can also be used in fruit A salad is a mixture of small to medium pieces of ready to eat ingredients mixed together and topped with a sauce or dressing. They are preferred cold with few exceptions served warm. The dressing is usually sweet and sour in nature or can be salted and spiced. Salad ingredients range widely but most commonly they include vegetables, fruits, cooked... More dishes. In this case, slice the mango lengthwise into three sections to access the flesh on the inside. The pulp can then be cut into slices, cubes or simply scooped out as per the requirements of the A recipe is a set of instructions that describe how to prepare a culinary dish and covers the ingredients and method. It consists of the name of the dish, the time it will take to prepare, the individual ingredients and the amounts needed to make the dish. Instructions covering the preparation method, the number of servings the flavor and texture... More.
Additionally, Mango can be blended into juice or A Smoothie is a thick drink made by blending raw fruit and or vegetables with a liquid such as water, juice and dairy products. In some recipes sweeteners like honey or sugar as well as other ingredients can be added to the drink. They can also be bought commercially bottled in supermarkets. Depending on the ingredients it can be drunk... More mixes. It can be also be mixed with milk and Ice Cream also known as iced cream is a flavored frozen food often made from dairy products that can be eaten as a snack or dessert. It can also be combined with fruits, nuts and other ingredients and condiments. It is usually served in dishes, cups or cones depending on how it is presented. There are more varieties of ice... More to make A Milkshake also called frappe in some regions is a thick drink made by mixing milk, ice cream, flavorings and various sweeteners. The sweeteners can be included as a topping such as chocolate sauce, caramel or fruit syrup. The milkshake can be made by hand, using a powered blender or milkshake machine. In more commercial settings they can be bought... More. It can be used to make jam, Jelly is a mixture of fruit juice and sugar cooked and thickened with pectin. When cooled it holds its shape without a mold. Jelly is used as a bread spread or a glaze on pastries. In Britain Jelly is a flavored dessert thickened with gelatin and sweetened with sugar.... More, Ice Cream also known as iced cream is a flavored frozen food often made from dairy products that can be eaten as a snack or dessert. It can also be combined with fruits, nuts and other ingredients and condiments. It is usually served in dishes, cups or cones depending on how it is presented. There are more varieties of ice... More, candy, and A dessert is the last course of a meal usually consisting of sweetened foods and beverages like dessert wine and liqueur. It may also include some savory items like coffee, cheese, and nuts. The sweetened food can include those commonly eaten savory such as rice. Foods included usually eaten as dessert courses include cake, cookie, pastry, ice cream, pudding, custard... More.
The raw fruit can also be used to make chutney and pickles. In some regions, the raw mango is seasoned with cayenne pepper and eaten as a savory fruit. It can also be prepared as a dried fruit and eaten as a snack.
Nutritional Benefits of the Mango
Mango contains 70 A calorie is a unit of energy used in several fields. It is the amount of energy needed to raise the temperature of one gram of water by one degree Celsius at one atmospheric pressure or the pressure at sea level. When relating to food, Calories with capital "C", also known as the food calorie the same energy as 1000... More per 100 grams. It contains no cholesterol and is rich in dietary Fiber also referred to as dietary fiber or roughage is the indigestible portion of food derived from plants. It comes either soluble in water or insoluble. They are normally resistant to absorption in the human digestive tract. They are found in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. It helps increase bulk in ingested foods, softens stool and shortens the total time... More and anti-oxidants. It is a good source of carbohydrates and contains little to no Better known as cooking fat, it is a macro-nutrient made up of three fatty acid chains and the alcohol glycerol. Fat is the general term used in culinary arts to refer to the fats which are solid at room temperature, for example, shortening and lard. It is differentiated from cooking oil in the oil remains liquid at room temperature. They... More.
It is rich in vitamin C and Vitamin A is a group of unsaturated nutritional organic compounds like retinol, retinoic acid provitamin A carotenoids like beta-carotene and is important for growth, immune system and good vision especially in low-light and color vision. It can be found in several foods including liver, cod liver oil, carrot, green vegetables, butter, milk sweet potato, Cheese and fish among others.... More. It also contains significant amounts of Vitamin E and vitamin K. Also present is the B complex vitamins, most notably Pyridoxine is also known as pyridoxol or vitamin B6 and can be gotten from fruit, vegetables, and grains. It helps prevent confusion, ulcerations, conjuctivitis, intertigo and neuropathy among others. Alcoholics and the elderly are usually the demographics that tend to have increased risk of vitamin B6 deficiency.... More. It has lesser amounts of Thiamin, Thiamine or Vitamin B1 helps prevent disorders like beriberi and korsakoff's syndrome and can lead to metabolic coma and death. Yeast, yeast extract, pork, whole grain brown bread and other cereals are good sources of vitamin B1.... More, Riboflavin is also known as vitamin B2 helps prevent migraines and is good for cellular respiration. It can be found in eggs, milk, meat and green vegetables. Deficiency results in symptoms similar to Pellagra. Others include chapped lips, red tongue, sore throat, inflammation of the mouth and scaly rashes on private parts.... More, Niacin is also known as Nicotinic acid or vitamin B3 and is useful for the prevention of nausea, skin and mouth lesions, anemia, headaches and exhaustion. It is also useful in the regulation of high cholesterol in the system. It an be found mainly in protein foods like liver, chicken, beef, fish, cereal, peanuts and legumes.... More, and Folates are also known as Folic acid or vitamin B9 is good for DNA synthesis and is essential for alleviating Anemia and in pregnant women infant neural tube defects. It is a water-soluble vitamin. Folic acid can be found naturally in leafy green vegetables. Steam cooking helps retain more of the vitamin during cooking. You can also get it from... More.
It is a good source for copper but does not contain much above trace amounts of other essential minerals.