Mad For Mangoes!
Mango season is here! Did you know there are over 400 varieties of mangoes? The mango is native to South Asia, but has been distributed worldwide and is one of the most cultivated fruits of the tropics. At the GreenMarket, look for Francis Mangoes, Haden Mangoes, and Kent Mangoes which are all in season in South Florida now. To learn more about these common varieties, visit mango.org. These tasty fruits are just begging to be consumed, but did you know that eating mango is extremely beneficial to your health? According to medicalnewstoday.com mangoes help fight against age-related macular degeneration, protect against certain forms of cancer, prevent asthma, assist in bone health, prevent heart disease, aid in digestion and are great for your skin and hair!
Mangoes are extremely versatile and are great in smoothies, bread, ice cream, salsa, or just sliced and ready to eat! Don’t worry about your mangoes going bad. Mangoes can be cut, frozen and stored to enjoy all year! For instructions on how to cut and freeze your mangoes, visit fabulesslyfrugal.com Check out our mango salsa recipe that is great for your next summer meal:
2 cups mango, chopped
¼ cup red bell pepper, diced
½ jalapeno pepper, seeded and minced
¼ cup red onion, diced
¼ cup fresh cilantro, chopped
Half a lime, squeezed
In a medium bowl, mix the mango, red bell pepper, jalapeno pepper, red onion, cilantro and lime juice. Refrigerate for at least one hour prior to serving. Serve over fish, shrimp or chicken.
Thanks to Cat Moore for submitting this recipe!
Mangoes grow prolifically here in South Florida. If you have a mango tree, you may find yourself with a surplus of mangoes. If you have a few extra mangoes lying around, Mangoes for Charity will gladly take them! Mangoes for Charity is a branch of Aurora’s Voice, and collects surplus mangoes to sell in support of the Delray Beach Community Gardens. You can drop off your surplus mangoes at the Delray Beach Children’s Garden throughout the week. No mango tree? No problem! You can find plenty of mangoes on Saturdays at the GreenMarket from a variety of vendors. Don’t forget to tag all your mango photos on Instagram #delraygreenmarket for a chance to be featured!