Mangos are one of the most popular fruits in the world. They're related to cashews and pistachios, have been harvested for over 5,000 years, and their shape is the basis for the paisley pattern. Mangos are stone fruits that grow on trees that are up to 100 feet tall.
Mangos are delicious, with yellow to orange edible flesh, but be careful with the skin, stem, and sap. People who have a sensitivity to poison ivy (urushiol) can suffer from dermatitis if the skin, stem or sap touches them. However, with careful handling, the flesh of the mango is not a problem for those people.
What do I look for when I purchase mangos?
When you purchase a mango, do not be concerned with the color. A pink mango does not indicate ripeness. When you purchase mangos, they tend to be hard. Look for unblemished, unwrinkled mangos. Let them sit on your counter to ripen for a few days. Ripe mangos will yield gently to pressure from your finger. It will be slightly soft, but not gooey, like a ripe peach.How do you prepare a mango?
Mangos are most delicious when eaten raw, although cooked mangos make tasty jams, chutneys, and pureed drinks. No matter how you eat them, you need to remove the flesh from the skin.
First, wash and dry your mango.
It's a bit of work to get the flesh, but it is truly delicious.