By Cat, July 2015 (Photo, right, from Wikimedia Commons)

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Mango is a tropical fruit native to south and SE Asia where it grows wild as well as commercially. They are also grown commercially in the US, in Florida and southern California.

Uses for Mangos

They have many uses in the world’s cuisines; I like to use frozen mango chunks in my morning smoothie, or as an afternoon snack. Sour, unripe mangoes are fermented in chutneys, or as pickles. Ripe mangos are used in salsa (see also Lime marinated halibut with three salsas), and as a snack. They are common as an ingredient in lassi, a sweet beverage made with yogurt or buttermilk. (1)

Mango Nutrition

Health Impact News (s) states, “Mangoes may very well be the king of all fruits. They fight cancer, alkalize the body, aid in weight loss, regulate diabetes, help digestion, clean your skin, and make the perfect snack.” They are rich in vitamins A, C and several Bs; fiber; and important minerals: iron, copper, potassium and magnesium. They are also rich in antioxidants such as “quercetin, isoquercitrin, astragalin, fisetin, gallic acid and methylgallat.” They also contain an enzyme that helps in breaking down protein (similar to pineapples). (2)

How to cut a mango

Fresh mangos can be off-putting because of their huge seed in the middle, which makes it difficult to use the fruit. However, if you know the right technique, getting at the fruit is easy. You don’t even need to peel it first. here are two excellent instructionals:

  • Start Cooking: How to Cut a Mango (photo essay) (3)
  • All Recipes: How to Cut a Mango (video) (4)
  • Chef Allen Susser on YouTube: How to Cut a Mango; NOTE: this video is now private; you have to create a login to view it (5)


  1. Wikipedia on mangos:
  2. Health Impact News:
  3. Start Cooking: How to Cut a Mango:
  4. All Recipes: How to Cut a Mango:
  5. Chef Allen Susser on You Tube:

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