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Tasty Tip #5 ~ Doin the Mango Tango!

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Heaven is an Ataulfo Mango.

These canary colored nuggets will make your tongue sing.. they are soft and sweet with none of the nastiness of fiber strands or mealiness that can be found in other mango types on the market.

Delicious on their own, pureed with with yogurt and a shot of lemon to make a mango lassi, or combined in a salsa for fish... the ways of ataulfo mango are many!

For the uninitiated, mangos have a rather large, flat seed in the center, that unlike an avocado seed, does NOT give up its position within the fruit lightly. It must be sliced out.

Use a sharp knife to slice the fruit down its midline, as close to the seed as possible. Then make several long cuts down the length of the half that does not hold the seed. The flesh is easily removed with a spoon.

For the second side, use the tip of your knife to poke around the backside of the seed, loosening it. Then stand your mango on its heavier end (where it had been attached to the tree), and run your knife down behind the seed. Remove the flesh by making same longitudinal cuts with the knife, and use the spoon to scoop it out.

Here's a photo of a whole basket of these beauties:

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    The fibrous ones are really disappointing!
    Getting them already "butchered", and ready to defrost is an excellent idea!

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    2592 days ago
    Bought a Mango recently, but don't know what type it was. I made a right hash of it. It was a real fibrous one and not very nice. I will look out for that type, but I don't know if we get them here in UK. I usually cheat and buy the ready cut up ones for a treat as they are quite expensive. Had a Papaya today with lime juice, yummy and much easier to handle!! Thank you for the Mango tips!
    2593 days ago
  • GHK1962
    Ack...yes...rotting mangoes on the ground is NOT delicious! I was at costco...and saw a flat of Mangoes...and remembered your post and was tempted to get some....but I am the only one who'd eat them in my house...and while I may be able to put away 3 - 5 before it went bad...I'd have the other 7 or so and not know what to do with it.
    2608 days ago
    Yum that sounds delicious, Greg!
    I'm having one right now, I've got a whole flat of them here, about to start giving them away... too bad you're not within walking distance! LOL

    When I lived in Florida, my friends has a ginormous mango tree and it was exactly as you said, Mangos everywhere for about a month? ... and the fruit rats came along with them, yuck!

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    2608 days ago
  • GHK1962

    And it's interesting that I say "mmmm"....because there was a time when I got sooooo tired of eating mangoes!

    I grew up in Hawaii...and when I was younger, there was a period of time when each year you could not give them away fast enough...that was what people termed "mango season". Hawaii used to be FILLED with mangoes at that time of year...everyone had a mango tree...bags and bags of mangoes.

    hey are as hard to come by as any other fruit. What I now buy for roughly $1 per mango make me wish for the days when 20-30 were just there for the taking...

    As for mango eatings ~ green mango (sliced) mixed with soy sauce. Sounds weird I know...but to me it was tasty

    Mango eatings 2 ~ If you can ever find it....pickled mango. Total yummers.
    2609 days ago
    Cinnamon Cat, you had my mouth watering!
    Jan, a bad mango is like a bad avocado... there's no saving it and its so disappointing when you get it open and find its no good inside!

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    2615 days ago

    Comment edited on: 4/23/2011 4:54:48 PM
    this is a great tip . . . I have not been happy with my mango purchaes . .. I'll look for this brand. Your ideas sound awesome . . .

    Thanks for sharing.
    2616 days ago
    The best mangos in the world are from Cambodia. That's right, folks: Cambodia. During their spring, they grow as large as half a football, and their skin is orangey-sticky-green. Now we can't all hop on a plane and get there, BUT StringS58 mentioned some that you can buy frozen in neat chunks, and I am fascinated by that. Also, Mzzchief's description of the autalpo's makes me think that they might be wonderful....oh yes....

    My favorite thing to do with mangos is to put them in smoothies with yogurt, and a very generous shake of cinnamon. They also combine well with peaches in the same blender.

    I used to get a rash around my lips from the skin's oil too....but omg to be there eating mangos now....

    Thanks for the wonderful descriptions.

    2621 days ago
    hey Connie!

    Mangos are one of those fruits that you either love or say YUCK to! There's not much middle ground. They do have that pine tree fragrance that Fierce mentioned, and the texture of the flesh reminds me of sushi tuna... not fruit like at all!

    Kumquats... its a fruit so YUM!!!!

    What I really love are another type of mini orange, I can't for the life of me remember what they are called... you can't eat them off the tree because they are so sour... but you make marmalade and fruit basting sauce for meats with them.

    They have the most potent orange fragrance and flavor... just thinking about em makes my mouth water and brings back sweet memories of marmelade made with them, spread on a buttered english muffin. Back when I was blissfully eating whear.

    Got an email into my friends in the Keys to find out the name... they will know!
    This old brain of mine needs a reboot. ha

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    okay... I heard back from my buddies and that wee orange I was taking to you about is called a calamondin!
    2624 days ago

    Comment edited on: 4/14/2011 3:08:20 PM
    Not a big fan of mangoes, but am willing to try anything- will look them up at the grocery store. Have you ever had Kumquats - I bet you have since you lived in Florida before! I love those little things! We go to the farm in Dade City and buy a bag of them off and on. Also, buy the jame and dressings. Yum!!! emoticon
    2625 days ago
    hey ladies!

    LOL love it ..."manglo'ed it"!
    Your brownies sound delite-full! I can't do flour, but I can appreciate baked goodies from afar.


    Aw... you live in Florida, I love it there,lived there for years before moving here.

    Those ataulfo mangos I've only seen them here in the past coupla years. I didn't know they were a mango, when I first saw them, since they don't look like one. They're grown in Mexico, I live in Texas, so that's prolly why they are winding up here instead of places like Florida, where they are also grown. Kinda like importing coals to Newcastle! ha

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    2641 days ago
    Spark has a mango salsa recipe that became an instant favorite here. I think I went to to learn how to cut/peel a mango. I'm not sure we get that variety in Florida -- I don't think I've seen an option before
    2642 days ago
    Thanks for the tech "surgical" strategy ... I haven't met a mango yet that I haven't MAN-GOLED (hahahaha) ... which drives me nuts, because I've occasionally bought frozen slices all cut in tidy slices -- what the????????

    Speaking of, I just tried a recipe for dark chocolate fudge brownie bites with chopped crasins & dark choc chips, cinnamon, and ! cayenne pepper ! ... never thought of putting pepper in something like that, but it gives them just a nice unique "sting"
    2648 days ago
    Think I will have one right now!
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    2648 days ago
    I just love mangoes. emoticon
    2649 days ago
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    2649 days ago
    I'm glad to have a better way to get the seeds out. Mine sure doesn't work. LOL. I wish we had this variety here. They look delicious.
    2649 days ago

    I agree...they do have a very faint turpentine-y or pine-y taste to them... but I like it! Its an acquired taste... like red wine, wasabi peas... or me! ha

    The Ataulfas are the creamiest, sweetest variety in my opinion... you may have had a standard mango, which are larger than ataulfos, is more or less oval, green with a red blush when unripe, and red and yellow with black spots when ripe. Those are good, but they tend to have fibers in the flesh and I've bought plenty of them that rotted before they ripened.

    We had that kind in Florida. A friend had a HUGE tree in their back yard and it rained mangos there, you could smell the rotten fruit all thru their hood. ha

    The Ataulfo's are from Mexico. I've never seen them growing.
    They also have a very minute amount of urushinol in their skin, which is the same oil that makes your skin blister with poison ivy.

    Some people are allergic to it, Yigobutterfly (Jane) on our forum can't touch them... which is a shame cuz she lives on Guam where they can be grown and she could have them fresh.

    : )
    2649 days ago
  • FIERCESTCALM may have to help educate me on mangoes. the only mango I've ever had tasted like a pine tree smells. everyone keeps telling me that it wasn't a ripe one then.....but it's made me quite leary of them ever since.
    2649 days ago
    hey Ladies....

    Never met a mango I didn't like, but Ataulfo's are the Queen of Mangos ....

    my thoughts on freezing is that thawed fruit never has the same consistancy as fresh, so if I did freeze them (and well may have to, with as many as I've got)I'd prolly be adding them to a smoothie or chopped small and mixed with other ingredients like in a salsa, rather than eating them out of hand like I've been doing.

    : )
    2649 days ago
    I love mangoes too! And you are right, it doesn't give up it's seed eagerly!

    Do you know if fresh mangoes freeze well?
    2649 days ago
  • MARYLQ11
    I love mangos
    2649 days ago
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