Mango mania

26 May 2016
POSTED BY Alvin Thomas

Add a tropical feel to your food with this super-juicy fruit, which is grown in Oman.

It’s official: mango season is ripe in the Sultanate. If you hadn’t already noticed, supermarkets and markets are stocking up with small, big, sweet, sour, yellow and green mangoes as the season gets into full swing. In Oman, the peak time for mangoes is from May until the end of July.

Once a minor fruit in the Sultanate, the humble mango took on a new role in 1990. The Government launched an initiative to turn the nation from a mango importer to a mango exporter, and a much sweeter and better-tasting variety of mango was introduced.

You can now find mangoes growing on the lush terraces of the Sayq plateau atop Jebel Akhdar, along with pomegranate, olives, dates, oranges, lemons and apricots.

If you don’t want to troop all the way up the “Green Mountain” to get a mango, you can easily get your hands on the fruit in markets and shops in Muscat and beyond.

LuLu hypermarkets around the country recently marked the official launch of “Mango Mania”, a much-anticipated event celebrating the “king of fruits” with varieties sourced from around the world.

And the Yellow Chilli restaurants in Muscat are holding Mango Festivals while using the fruit in dishes.

Mangoes are versatile and super healthy to boot, with their juicy taste and texture working in everything from smoothies to curries. Dried mangoes make an easy and nutritious snack.

Not only are they delicious but mangoes are also good for you. They’re bursting with vitamins C and A, along with calcium and iron.

So try adding a bit of mango to your diet this week and see the benefits. You can start by giving these quick, easy recipes a go:

Mango Lassi

Mango mania

This creamy, smooth lassi is made with yoghurt and mango and is absolutely heavenly.


  • 2 mangoes – peeled, seeded and diced
  • 2 cups plain yoghurt
  • ½ cup white sugar
  • 1 cup ice


  • In a blender, combine mangoes, yoghurt, sugar and ice.
  • Blend until smooth.
  • Pour into glasses and serve

Mango Sorbet

Mango mania

Just three ingredients for this refreshing and cool summer sorbet.


  • 4 mangoes – peeled, seeded and cubed
  • 1 cup simple syrup
  • 3 tbsp fresh lime juice


  • Place cubed mango in a food processor and puree.
  • Pour in simple syrup and lime juice.
  • Puree until smooth
  • Place in an ice cream maker. Freeze thoroughly.

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