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Information about Mangoes

Updated on June 23, 2016
Fruit of Love- they are often called maybe this is because of their shape,which resemble a heart, their luscious flavour
Fruit of Love- they are often called maybe this is because of their shape,which resemble a heart, their luscious flavour

Mangoes are fruit native to India. 19th century traders introduced the fruit to the West Indies, Africa and South America. Today mangoes are now grown in many tropical climate countries across the globe.

The fruit ranges in colour from green to golden yellow and orange-red and flesh is juicy, surrounding a large flat inedible flat stone. Some mangoes have fibrous flesh; others are succulent and buttery.

Different varieties of mangoes are grown over the Tropics, they also varies greatly in size and shape. They can be round, heart or kidney shaped, or even long and thin. They can weigh between 150g to 1kilogram.

All mangoes are green when unripe, but some remain green when they ripen while most of the mangoes turn golden or bright red or a combination of these colours.

Ripe Mangoes

Ripe mangoes are best eaten fresh, but can be pureed to make ice creams, sorbet and drinks. mangoes can also made into jam, juice and jelly and preserves.

They make an exotic addition to fruit salad. A simple dessert combining mango slices with banana or other fruit with a sauce of honey,orange juice and perhaps yoghurt is a very attractive dessert.

Unripe Green Mangoes

Unripe green mangoes are traditionally used to make mango chutney and pickles.

Did you know that . . .

The flesh of green mangoes contain enzymes with digestive properties similar to papain found in papaya which also makes them a very good tenderizing agent.

Sweet mangoes for dessert
Sweet mangoes for dessert | Source

Buying and Storing

Mangoes are the most delicious and luxurious of tropical fruit but when they are not of fine quality the flesh can be disagreeably fibrous with a flavour of turpentine, so here are some tips when buying mangoes to guide you in getting the best quality.

What to look for:

Buy firm mangoes with no wilting, greyish, discoloration or black spots on the skin, because this will indicate that the fruit is overripe and will have a mushy flesh. It is also an indication that the flesh is bruised.

When buying a mango look for on with flesh that yields slightly when you press it gently. It should have an orange or reddish skin.

Smell before buying, the best test of a mango is the aroma, it should have a flowery, perfumed fragrance which indicated that the mango is ripe and flavoursome.

Mangoes will ripen at home at room temperature, but will only keep for a day or two when fully ripe.

Health Benefits of Mangoes

Ripe mangoes are rich source of vitamin A and C and a good source of beta carotene. They provide about 50 kilocalories per 100g.

How to cut a mango

  • Stand the mango upright.

  • Using a sharp paring knife, make two vertical slices one on each side. (the sides are also called cheeks.) this is to remove the fruit from the large stone.

  • Cut off the flesh adhering to the stone.

  • You can now, scoop out the flesh from the mango slices you can use a spoon to scoop the flesh and serve.

To make a hedgehog :

  • Prepare the mango as above .
  • Score the flesh into a crisscross pattern, cutting down only to the skin but not through it.
  • You can push the skin inside out so the cubes of the flesh pop out.
  • Repeat the process with the other side of the mango.

To make it easier, watch these YouTube videos on how to cut a mango.

How to cut a mango

Dried and Canned Mangoes

Dried Mangoes: mangoes can be preserved by drying, one of the most successful industry in Cebu City, Philippines is the Dried Mangoes business.

It is a nutritious and convenient snack and Philippine dried mangoes are exported in many countries around the world.


Canned Mangoes: Mango slices are now available canned in syrup. These are extremely sweet and are best drained before eating. They can also be pureed to make ice cream


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    • MM Del Rosario profile image

      MM Del Rosario 7 years ago from NSW, Australia

      Hi Jill,

      of all the mangoes in the Philippines, I like kalabaw and piko, especially if they riped in the tree.

      I always enjoy your visit.thanks MM

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      jill of alltrades 7 years ago from Philippines

      I love mangoes, they are one of my favorite fruits! I have two apple mango trees in my backyard and 1 carabao mango in the open lot outside of my yard. And guess what, they are all bearing fruits!

      Thanks for this hub MM!

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      billyaustindillon 7 years ago

      Mangoes are so full of vitamins and fiber plus they taste great - love them with vanilla ice cream - great hub.

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      I miss the real mangoes from the Philippiens too, great healthy hub, Maita

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      Gener Geminiano 7 years ago from Land of Salt, Philippines

      I love mangoes... Philippines has the best tasting mango in the world and it is Guimaras... Thanks for sharing...

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      MM Del Rosario 7 years ago from NSW, Australia

      Hi All,

      Thank you very much for visiting this hub, our house in the Philippines is surrounded with old and huge mango trees and me and my older siblings usually help during the harvest time, gathering mangoes that are within reach or putting the mangoes in the basket ready for collection by the buyers. Mangoes that are ripe from the tree are really yummy!!!

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      theherbivorehippi 7 years ago from Holly, MI

      Mmmmm.... this hub just made my mouth water! lol

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      Kate Swanson 7 years ago from Sydney

      I l-o-o-o-o-ve mangoes. I'd never tasted them (or even seen them) until I came to Australia and have been mad about them ever since!

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      Micky Dee 7 years ago

      Maybe a Mango Margarita. I do love a mango.

      Perhaps I should have one- while I do the tango!

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      ocbill 7 years ago from hopefully somewhere peaceful and nice

      I like the shakes. icey non-fat milk, mango, & banana or another fruit

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      Ann Nonymous 7 years ago from Virginia

      These are my absolute favorite fruit. Unfortunately i am allergic to them. But i remember the days when my parents cut them like the above images and my siblings and I chowed away! M'm M'm goooood! Really enjoyed this hub, rosario!

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      valeriebelew 7 years ago from Metro Atlanta, GA, USA

      My boss gave me one, and I had to figure out how to eat it. They are very healthy and good. Wish I had read this hub, before doing the cutting thing on my own. LOL. Helpful hub about something worth eating.

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      Lela Davidson 7 years ago from Bentonville, Arkansas

      My kids love to suck on the seeds.

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      BetsyIckes 7 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Useful info on Mangos. Yum, I think I'll go buy some!