It’s known as the “King of Fruits”, so sink your teeth into the juiciest of super-healthy tropical fruits
Mangoes have been around for thousands of years and are cultivated around in the world in diverse places from Oman to the Philippines, and Brazil to Uganda.
Little wonder that this exotic fruit with its sweet taste and texture has remained so popular, with its enduring appeal down to its versatility – it can be used in everything from salads to smoothies. The skin of unripe, picked or cooked mango can also be eaten. You can find mango products ranging from jams, pickles, pulps and chutneys, along with ice cream and cakes. It’s great in curries and dried mango is also a lush snack. You can even spice it up with a sweet chili sauce.
And did you know that there are more than 400 varieties of mangoes, many of which ripen in summer? You can see them in all sorts of shapes, sizes and colours, including the more common orange, yellow, red or green, all of which have the same distinct mango aroma.
A celebration of the humble – or not so humble given its royal nickname – mango is currently running at LuLu Hypermarkets in the Sultanate, honouring all things mango. The festival, which started last week, runs until May 30. You’ll be able to look, touch, eat and buy locally sourced mangoes and see for yourself what all the fuss is about.
Mangoes take three to six months to ripen and it’s well worth the wait. They’re often called the “King of Fruits” because they have been named as the most widely consumed fruit in the world.
Mangoes are also packed with vitamins, including C and A, along with calcium and iron, as well as antioxidants. So the fruit doesn’t only taste great, it’s also good for your health, aiding health conditions such as diabetes, heart disease and bad digestion.
Learn to Love Mangoes
How to incorporate more mangoes into our diet:
Do not judge the ripeness of a mango by its colour. Look for fresh mangoes that yield slightly to pressure when ripe. Avoid fruits with many black freckles on the skin. Mangoes will continue to ripen at room temperature. When at the desired ripeness, store them in a plastic bag in the refrigerator for two to three days. Mangoes taste best when slightly chilled.
Recipe: Mango-Citrus Banan-za smoothie