New Healthy Food #6
Monday, Mar 14, 2011
If your tongue is still burning from the New Healthy Food #5, try cooling it off with the sweet taste of mango. These honey-sweet, smooth-textured tropical fruits were originally grown in the sub-Himalayan plains of India, but they are now produced in tropical areas all around the world, and are often called "the king of the fruits." Worldwide, mangoes are so popular they're recognized as the national fruit of India, Pakistan, and the Philippines.
Mangoes are nutritionally rich with unique flavor, fragrance, taste, and health promoting qualities. The orange-yellow fruit is rich in dietary fiber, vitamins, minerals, and anti-oxidant compounds. Mango is an excellent source of vitamin A, flavonoids like beta-carotene, potassium, and vitamins B6, C, and E. Mango peels are also rich in phytonutrients. Their natural sweetness makes them a fresh and nutritious way to satisfy your sweet-tooth.
The outer skin is smooth and green in unripe mangoes, but turns into golden yellow, bright orange, or orange-red when ripe. Unripe mangoes can be kept at room temperature for days to ripen. Ripe mangoes should be kept stored in the refrigerator. Bring back to room temperature when the fruit is to be eaten to enjoy the natural taste and flavor.
Besides eaten plain as a snack or dessert, fresh diced mango can be added to salsa or salad. Frozen mangoes can be blended into a delicious and healthy smoothie. So, cool off your taste buds and sweeten your day with a "king of the fruits" mango.