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Mangoes on a table

It’s Mango Season in South Florida!

Mangos are a delicious fruit grown right here in South Florida. No other fruit compares to the tropical flavor of a ripe, sweet, and juicy mango.

Fruits are abundant in nutrients such as Vitamin C, potassium, fiber, and folate. MyPlate recommends making ½ your plate fruits and vegetable. Eating large amounts of plant-based foods has been associated with lowered rates of cardiovascular disease and with decreased risk of cancer and stroke.

Freshly picked mango

A freshly picked mango from a tree in Miramar, FL, July 2018. Photo credit: Brenda Marty-Jimenez

Tropical fruits may vary in natural pectin, acid and sugar content from one season to another due to the variations of the climate. Florida is the major producer of mangos in this country. Florida mangos are available from late May to October depending upon the variety and season. Many people can’t wait for mango season to arrive! Choose mangos that are fully colored, firm and free of many blemishes. Avoid soft or shriveled fruit which may indicate bruising or immature fruit. Avoid mangos that have bird, insect and/or animal bites. Ripe mangos may be refrigerated whole and unpeeled for 4 to 5 days, while peeled, sliced and covered fruit can be stored for 3 or 4 days under refrigeration.

Many people have an abundance of mangos and kindly share them with friends, relatives, neighbors and colleagues. If you are looking for an idea on how to serve mango, try this recipe:

 

Chicken salad with mango

Serves: 4

 

Ingredients:

2 cups chopped, cooked chickenMangoes on a table

2 cups chopped, ripe mango

1 large tomato, chopped

1 medium green pepper

2 green onions, chopped

½ cup yogurt

1 Tbsp. vinegar

1 Tbsp. lemon juice

1 tsp. sugar

Lettuce or spinach leaves

 

Directions:

  1. Combine chicken, mango, tomato, green pepper, and onion in a large bowl.
  2. Blend vinegar, lemon juice and sugar into yogurt.
  3. Fold into fruit/chicken mixture.
  4. Chill for two hours.
  5. Spoon into lettuce or spinach leaves and enjoy.

Serve up some tasty and delicious mango today!

References:  

UF/IFAS South Florida Tropicals, Developed by South Florida Extension Home Economists; publication date NA.

FSHN 07-08, Food Science and Human Nutrition Department, UF/IFAS Extension. September 2007. Reviewed February 2017.

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