Magical Mangoes at the Summer GreenMarket
Top 6 reasons why mangoes should be part of your diet.
- Known internationally as the ‘king of fruit,’ mangoes contain over 20 different vitamins and minerals, making them a super food. One cup of mangoes can provide 100% of your daily Vitamin C, which helps to lower cholesterol levels; 35% of Vitamin A, which promotes good eyesight; and 12% of daily dietary fiber.
- Mangoes have an awesome history. Did you know that this fruit was first grown in India over 5,000 years ago, and that they still consider gifting a basket of mangoes to be a gesture of friendship?
- Mangoes can help fight cancer. Research has shown antioxidant compounds in mangoes are proven to protect against colon, breast, leukemia and prostate cancers.
- Mangoes can clear your skin. This fruit can clear clogged pores and eliminate pimples. They contain beta-carotene, which is crucial to skin self-repair.
- Mangoes can instantly cool down your body temperature in the hot summer. Juicing mangoes and mixing with water and a sweetener helps cool down the body and prevent overheating.
- Mangoes are absolutely delicious and extremely versatile! There are over 1,000 different varieties of mangoes that can be used to make smoothies, salads, salsas, chutneys and much more.
Make some mango magic in the kitchen with these recipes for Mango Salsa & Mango Pops. What’s your favorite way to eat a mango?
CLASSIC MANGO SALSA
A quick and easy appetizer perfect for a summertime barbeque
- 1 medium jalapeno pepper, stemmed, seeded and minced
- 2/3 cup diced red bell pepper
- 1/3 cup diced red onion
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh lime juice
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 3 large ripe mangoes, peeled and diced.
Instructions: Stir together all ingredients in a medium bowl. No cooking time is required.
FROZEN YOGURT-DIPPED MANGO POPS
Perfect healthy and sweat treat to cool down on a hot summer day by the pool.
- 2 large ripe mangoes
- 1 cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 12 lollipop sticks
- Wax paper
- Toppings: mini chocolate chips, salted cashews, sprinkles, toasted coconut
Instructions: With a sharp knife, slice off the sides of the mango, avoiding the large seed in the middle. Cut parallel slices into the mango halves to dice, being careful not to cut through the skin. Scoop the mango cubes out of the mango skin using a spoon. Skewer each mango cube onto a lollipop stick. In a bowl, stir to combine the yogurt and honey. Dip each mango cube into the yogurt until coated. You may need to use a spoon to help spoon yogurt onto the mango cubes evenly. Sprinkle desired toppings onto each mango cube and place mango cubes on a baking sheet lined with wax paper. Place in the freezer until mangoes are slightly frozen and yogurt has set, 1 to 2 hours. Serve.