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Mangoes. Nature's Fruit Full of Flavour and Nutrition.

Updated on March 4, 2020
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Marie writes about health, well-being, writing and food. Marketing writer with 30 years experience in PR and advertising.

Sweet, plump and juicy.

There is no other way to explain the taste of mangoes, they are Nature's gift to our palette.

Spring has sprung in Australia so mangoes and other summer fruits are coming into the season. There is nothing better than slurping a cold, juicy mango on a hot summer's day. Oh, the joy as the juice drips down your arms and the sweet explosion of pulp and juices hit your mouth, it is truly the fruit of the Gods.

I really enjoy eating mangoes... can you tell? They are definitely one of my favourite fruits, and when they are in season and reasonably priced, I use them in my cooking. See some of my favourite recipes below. Here's a tip too - at the end of the Mango season when they are cheap, buy in bulk and cut them up, bag them in individual bags and place them in the freezer for future use. These frozen goodies work well in smoothies, defrosted and placed over cereal or in yoghurt and great when used for cooking.

Full of nutrients

Mangoes contain 1.6 grams of protein, 135 calories and 3.7 grams of fibre as well as Potassium, Phosphorus, Calcium, Iron and Zinc. Also, vitamins A, B1, B2, B6, C, E, and K as well as Niacin and Folate. Along with a few other nutrients, just for good measure.

With more than the recommended daily intake of Vitamin C and beta-carotene, mangoes are known to provide cancer-fighting antioxidants as well as aiding in preventing Diabetes and Heart Disease. Not only are mangoes good for fighting disease they are also good for people who are watching their weight, with approx. 300kg for an average size mango. Be careful if you add ice cream, this will add calories, so if you are watching your weight, stick to eating the fruit on its own.

How good is it to have something that tastes yummy, sweet and delicious and actually be healthy to eat? A mango on its own can be a meal, especially if it is a large one. Add the pulp to fruit salads, make a great smoothie or use a very ripe mango in Indian or Asian dishes (see recipes below).

Mangoes are from the same family as pistachio and cashew nuts. Nuts and mangoes are a great combination for many meals.

Mangoes Are Very Nutritious

Vitamins
Minerals
Vitamin A 1584IU
Calcium 21mg
Vitamin B1 (thiamine) 0.12mg
Iron 0.27mg
Vitamin B2 (riboflavin) 0.12 mg
Phosphorus 23mg
Vitamin B6 0.23mg
Magnesium 19mg
Vitamin C 57.3mg
Sodium 4mg
Vitamin E 2.32mg
Zinc 0.08mg
Vitamin K 8.7mcg
Copper 0.23mg
Folate 29mcg
Manganese 0.056mg
Niacin 1.21mg
Selenium 1.2mcg
Pantothenic Acid 0.33mg
Potassium 323mg
 
Sodium 4mg
Mangoes are very good for you, as long as you don't have allergies to them, but what exactly do mangoes put into your body? This table shows exactly what you are eating.

Mangoes go well in a smoothie.

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Mango Allergies

Some people are allergic to mangoes and avoid them totally. The allergy is actually due to the sap of the mango which contains 'Urushiol', a substance which may cause severe itching, rash and swelling around the mouth. If you do suffer it is best to avoid touching the skin but you may be safe to eat the pulp.

Many people with this type of allergy tend to avoid eating mangoes at all but avoiding the sap may be all you need to do. So, if you enjoy the smell and can't resist eating one, just stick to the pulp. This is the best part anyway.

Mangoes are a low glycemic food.

Foods that rank under 55 out of 100 on the glycemic index (GI) are considered low GI food. Mangoes GI is 51 and this makes them a good choice for people with diabetes, heart disease and people watching their weight. As with any food, monitor how you feel after eating and check your levels. Keep in mind your calorie intake as well. Eating too much food will affect your wellbeing and you will gain weight.

This mango tree is full of fruit and ready for picking.
This mango tree is full of fruit and ready for picking. | Source

History of the Mango

Mangoes are the most popular fruit in the world with many varieties available in most countries.

‘Magifera Indica’ is the botanical name for the mango tree and it is native to parts of Southern Asia, especially India. Persian traders introduced the fruit into Africa, then Brazil and the West Indies via Portuguese ships. The varieties available in California and Florida were grafted from a variety originally grown in India.

The Australian Kensington Variety

Bowen in North Queensland, known for its beautiful sunshine and temperate climate all year round, had mangoes introduced by Indian businessmen during the 19th Century. They were planted on a property just outside Bowen and it was the variety with more pulp and less ‘strings’ which became popular.

In the late 1880’s, Harry Lott from a nearby area named ‘Kensington’ where he produced and sold this variety, which under the names of ‘Kensington and Bowen Mangoes’ is one of the most popular brands still sold today. These mangoes are usually large and bring orange in colour and the pulp is ‘string’ free.

Cutting a Mango so it's Easy to Eat.

Recipes using Mangoes

Mangoes are popular the world over and have been used for 4,000 years. It is thought that they originated in India and there are over 1000 varieties available in colours varying from green to red to gold and golden orange. Mangoes are ready to be eaten when they have a tropical smell and are slightly soft to touch.

AVAKAI (PICKLED MANGO)

25 ripe mangoes
250g mustard powder
250g salt
5 garlic cloves, crushed
250g chilli powder
1tbsp turmeric powder

Method:

Chop mangoes into big pieces without removing the skin and allow to dry out overnight on a tea towel.  Mix mustard powder, chilli powder, garlic and turmeric powder with oil, making a thick masala. Have a dry, clean glass jar which has been sterilised ready. Place a layer of mangoes followed by a layer of masala into the jar and repeat. Close the jar tightly and keep in a cool, dry place for 4 to 5 days. After five days, open the jar and mix the contents with a dry spoon.

This is a popular pickle recipe from Southern India and is served with rice and ghee.

MANGO BLACK BEAN SOUP

1 pkt black beans
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 tsp balsamic vinegar
1 cup red capsicum, diced
1 cup green capsicum diced
1 cup onion, diced
1 cup carrot, diced
3 cloves garlic, sliced
3 1/2 cups chicken broth
1 large mango, diced
1 cup tomato, diced
1 small tin corn niblets
1 large mushroom, thinly sliced
3 chillies, seeded and minced
salt and pepper to taste
shredded tasty cheese

Method:

Cook black beans following the directions on the packet. In a large saucepan heat oil and balsamic vinegar over a medium heat. Sauté capiscum, onion, carrot, and garlic for 3 minutes and keep stirring. Stir in chicken broth, mango, tomato, corn, mushroom, and chillies. Bring to a boil then reduce heat. Simmer for approx 10 minutes. Drain liquid from beans and puree half the cooked beans in a blender until smooth. Stir whole and pureed beans into soup then keep on heat 2 minutes more. Serve topped with shredded tasty cheese.

MANGO ICE CREAM

2 ripe mango, diced, peeled (medium size) 1 & 1/2 cups sugar 2 tablespoons fresh orange juice 2 cups milk (light or no fat can be used) 5 egg yolks 1 cup cream (light can be used)

Method:

In a ceramic mixing bowl combine the mango, half the sugar and orange juice, then cover with plastic wrap and place in refrigerator. In another mixing bowl whisk eggs and remaining sugar. Bring the milk to the boil (don't over-boil) then add slowly to the eggs/sugar mix and place back on medium heat. Allow to thicken into a custard then strain and leave to cool.

Bring all ingredients together in a bowl adding the cream (whipped). Add more sugar if necessary, this will depend on the sweetness of the mango. Place into ice cream machine and freeze.

Serve with your favourite crepe or pancake recipe, use in smoothies or enjoy just as it comes.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2010 Maria Giunta

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    • MPG Narratives profile imageAUTHOR

      Maria Giunta 

      9 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      Hi Tony, thanks for the comment and hope you enjoy eating mangoes just like I do.

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      Tony McGregor 

      9 years ago from South Africa

      I love mangoes and the info here is very helpful, thank you.

      Love and peace

      Tony

    • MPG Narratives profile imageAUTHOR

      Maria Giunta 

      9 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      Hi Om, I haven't had the chance to visit Thailand yet but its on my travel list (which keeps getting longer). Australian mangoes tend to be bigger than the Thai ones but I cannot comment on the flavour difference as I have only eaten Aussie ones. Hope the recipes work well for you. Thanks for commenting.

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      Om Paramapoonya 

      9 years ago

      Mmmmmm mangoes! In Thailand (where I grew up) there're about 20 varieties of mangoes. I love eating them with sweet sticky rice. Never had Australian mangoes but will surely try them some day. Thanks for the recipes. The avakai sounds yummy!:)

    • MPG Narratives profile imageAUTHOR

      Maria Giunta 

      9 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      Well hello Nell, I commented on some of your hubs today, we must have telepathy! lol.

      Mangoes are yummy and so much easier to eat when they are cut this way.

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      Nell Rose 

      9 years ago from England

      Hi, I haven't eaten any for ages, but now I am going to get some, I love the ice-cream idea, and after watching the video, I now know how to cut one!

    • MPG Narratives profile imageAUTHOR

      Maria Giunta 

      9 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      Yes infofinder, a lot of people really enjoy mangoes. I'm not a fan of the pickled mangoes but my family, especially the extended family, like them. Thanks for commenting.

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      InfoFinder 

      9 years ago

      Mangoes are absolutely one of my favorite fruits to eat. Never had the pickled mango though, will need to give it a try. Thanks.

    • MPG Narratives profile imageAUTHOR

      Maria Giunta 

      9 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      Oh quick, you must try one right now! Honestly, they are the best fruit and so good for you too. Thanks for popping by schoolgrilforreal. MangoGirl suits you too.

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      schoolgirlforreal 

      9 years ago

      My goodness! I don't think I've ever bought a mango!! :(

      I must go to the store immediately and feast on a delicious, moist, hydratingly yummy MANGO!!!

      My new fb or hubpages name will be MangoGirl!

      Thankyou this was cool!

    • MPG Narratives profile imageAUTHOR

      Maria Giunta 

      9 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      Hello febriedethan, thanks for the rate up. Mangoes are not too expensive here either but I'm sure they are cheaper in Indonesia. Nice of you to comment on my hub.

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      febriedethan 

      9 years ago from Indonesia

      Hahaha John Holden is so funny..good idea to enjoy mango!

      Mangoes are always my favorit, and it's quite cheap here. Thank you for this hub. Rated up!

    • MPG Narratives profile imageAUTHOR

      Maria Giunta 

      9 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      JH - in the shower?? How do you enjoy the juice dripping down your arm then? Interesting way to eat a mango.

      DeG - Mangoes are great no matter where you are.

      Thanks for commenting gentlemen.

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      De Greek 

      9 years ago from UK

      I have lived in the Philippines many years ago and mangoes became a part of our life ther. Wonderful hub! :-))

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      John Holden 

      9 years ago

      I find the best way to eat a properly ripe mango is naked in the bath or shower.

      An excellent and versatile fruit. Thanks for sharing thoughts.

    • MPG Narratives profile imageAUTHOR

      Maria Giunta 

      9 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      Hi A la carte, lucky you living in the tropics and eating mangoes all year round. Still cool down here. Thanks for commenting again.

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      A la carte 

      9 years ago from Australia

      I am lucky because mangoes can be picked off the trees where I live..if you can beat the fruit bats. Have to say...mango and broccoli ...nah does nothing for me:)

    • MPG Narratives profile imageAUTHOR

      Maria Giunta 

      9 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      Hi creativelycc, thanks for dropping by. Wish they grew in Sydney too but its not tropical enough here. Further north in Queensland and Northern Territory of Australia is where they grow well.

      Prasetio, always nice to hear from you and thanks for the vote up. I'm sure your mangoes are very nice in Indonesia, you have the perfect climate for them.

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      prasetio30 

      9 years ago from malang-indonesia

      I really enjoy read all about mango. I live in Indonesia, as a tropical country we can easily find many types of mango. I can't forget the taste and how juicy this fruit. I love your recipes. Thanks for share with us. Vote up.

      Prasetio

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      Carrie L Cronkite 

      9 years ago from Maine

      Mangos are something I can never have enough of! I wish I could grow them up here in Maine! Great hub!

    • MPG Narratives profile imageAUTHOR

      Maria Giunta 

      9 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      Totally agree with you Ponx, thanks for commenting. Mangoes are my favourite fruit as well.

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      Ponx 

      9 years ago from USA

      Mangoes are my favorite. Juicy, tasty and truly the king of all fruits! I usually cut it into pieces and then keep it in the fridge and then eat it chilled....totally yummy on a hot summer day.

    • MPG Narratives profile imageAUTHOR

      Maria Giunta 

      9 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      Thank you for your comment, I truly love mangoes too.

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      Ign Andy 

      9 years ago from Green Home Office

      This is my most favorite fruit ever: fresh and sweet. I love to eat directly or make a juice.

    • MPG Narratives profile imageAUTHOR

      Maria Giunta 

      9 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      Thanks for passing by and commenting samiaali, mulberry1 and A la carte. Mmmm, mango and broccoli sounds good, will have to try that.

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      A la carte 

      9 years ago from Australia

      Mango has to be the Queen of fruits,great hub.

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      Christine Mulberry 

      9 years ago

      Mango ice cream sounds heavenly. Nectarines are my personal favorite, but mangoes rank high. I have a great recipe for a mango-broccoli salad...and you've reminded me that I haven't made if for a long time.

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      samiaali 

      9 years ago

      I love mangoes as well, MPG Narratives. Thanks for a great and informative Hub!

    • MPG Narratives profile imageAUTHOR

      Maria Giunta 

      9 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      Thanks for all the great comments everyone.

      Audrey - smoothies are the best. I use soy in mine and as long as there is lots of fruit you can't taste the difference.

      2besure - welcome to my site and glad you enjoy mangoes, don't worry about the stains!

      LadyE - I'm not a great fan of ice cream of any type, except gelato, mango gelato is yummmmmm.

      Lorlie6 - Yes, I'll have to make the soup again soon.

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      Laurel Rogers 

      9 years ago from Grizzly Flats, Ca

      I agree with Lady_E here, the soup sounds absolutely delicious!

      Bookmarked for a chilly day!

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      Elena 

      9 years ago from London, UK

      Thanks - I enjoyed reading this Hub. Mango Ice Cream will be too sweet for me but I would really like to try out the Mango black bean soup Recipe. Sounds brill.

      Best wishes.

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      Pamela Lipscomb 

      9 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      Great hub on mangos. I simply love them! I still remember each year my fathers family used to send us a box from Florida! Mom would lay out newspaper and let us have at it. Back then, they did not have products to remove the stains.

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      Audrey Kirchner 

      9 years ago from Washington

      Love mangoes too - especially in smoothies!

    • MPG Narratives profile imageAUTHOR

      Maria Giunta 

      9 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      Mangoes are great to eat just as they are but are also versatile. Thanks for commenting Shopping-Online.

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      Shopping-Online 

      9 years ago from Mumbai

      I love mangoes. I absolutely love the Pickled Mangoes, Mango Milkshake, Mango Lassi and Mango Icecream.

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