Interesting Facts About Indian Mangoes : Favourite Mango Recipes
Mango: The King Of Fruits!
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- When you pass through the roads in rural areas, by train or by road, during April-May, you will be delighted to see the lined up Mango trees in the Mango Orchards with loads of Mangoes on it.
- And the coo--coo, the sweet singing of the Cuckoo or the Asian Koel is the sign that---- Yes! the Mangoes are arriving.
- Summer season is synonymous with Mangoes in India. And the best part of Summers is perhaps this, that you get to enjoy this delicious, mouth watering fruit.
- Young or old, everyone loves its heavenly taste and discovers new ways of eating it.
- Mangoes are grown almost in all parts of Southeast Asia, but as regards India, it enjoys the privilege of being the national fruit.
- There are so many varieties grown in different parts of India, each one giving a competition to the other.
- Some of the popular varieties are, Langda, Dussehri, Maldah, Alphanso, Safeda, Phajli, Kesar and many-many more.
Did You Know?
The International Mango festival is held annually in New Delhi during Summer season.
This is organised with Government initiative in collaboration with Agricultural experts and Food processing experts.
The main idea is to showcase the many varieties grown throughout India and promote the delicious fruit.
Interactive games and quiz programs are also held to educate persons visiting the festival and the many ways in which this delicious fruit can be consumed.
The nutritious Mango, The versatile Mango!
# Mango contains valuable nutrients, such as Carbohydrates, Proteins. It is rich in Vitamin A and C and other Vitamins, Iron and other essential minerals, fiber etc.
# Mango can be eaten both ripe and unripe and there is no end to the recipes you can create with both.
# Unripe Mangoes are used to make pickles, chutney, sauce, Panna, sweet or sour, dry mango powder or Ammchoor, for cooking purposes etc.
# Ripe mangoes can be eaten as it is as a dessert. It can be used to create wonderful dessert recipes, Jams, Jellies, Squash or Mango drinks.
# Mangoes can be canned and preserved as well.
# Mango tree has religious significance as well. Its apex leaves called Aam ka pallav, is used for worship purposes.
# The threaded and mature leaves of mango is used to decorate entrances and homes, on festivals, weddings and other celebrations.
# The whole ripe mango fruit is offered to the Gods and Goddesses and is considered very auspicious.
# Mangoes, or the arrival of Mangoes, its Manjaris, have been the source of inspiration for many poets and many have expressed themselves beautifully in poems with reference to the mangoes.
# Not only that it has been a source of inspiration for weavers in their Silk and Cotton Saree designs and also for artisans creating beautiful wood or metal work, carvings on the wall etc.
How to cut a Mango, source: You tube
Lets create some magic with Easy Mango Recipes This Summer Season :
♠ Mango Fruit Cream Dessert Recipe:
1. One or two ripe mangoes;
2. One liter of toned milk;
3. one teaspoonful sugar( optional);
4. Two tablespoonful of full cream.
1. Wash, clean and peel the mangoes, cut into bite sized pieces and keep aside.
2. Boil the milk and reduce it to almost half.
3. Mix sugar but since the mangoes are quite sweet you can skip this.
4. Allow the reduced milk to cool completely.
5. Mix the pieces of mangoes and cream and let it chill in the refrigerator. Serve chilled.
♣ Mango Lassi:
1. 50 grams. of low fat curd or yogurt, preferably made with skimmed milk.
2. Roughly cut pieces of one ripe mango, which is washed and cleaned properly.
3. One teaspoonful of sugar;
4. Some ice cubes;
5. Blend all the ingredients in the Mixer of your food processor or by hand mixer.
6. Serve chilled in tall glasses with ice cubes.
To Sum Up:
- Mango is a wholesome fruit and young and old everyone is delighted to have a bite of it.
- You can make ice cream, smoothies, milk shakes, fruit bars etc. with it.
- Those who do not want to eat raw can cook it in sugar syrup or in form of jams, jellies or sweets. But do not miss to enjoy this exotic seasonal fruit.
- Some people however are not able to tolerate this fruit. It is advisable to soak the mangoes in normal water for about one hour, so that it looses its heat. Then it will be easier to digest even for them.
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Mango Orchards, source: You tube
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