Mangos are such a yummy fruit and can be used in so many different ways. One of the best ways is to just peel and eat them. But how to peel and slice the slippery things without also slicing your fingers off…
Did you know that people all over the world eat more fresh mangos than any other fruit and that the mango originated in Southeast Asia where it has been grown for over 4,000 years. Mango trees are actually evergreens related to the cashew family. They can grow up to 100 feet and have widespread branches. They will fruit 4 to 6 years after planting. Mango trees also have long life spans, some trees have been known to be over 300 years old. Most of the mangos that are sold here in the United States are imported from Mexico, Haiti, the Caribbean and South America. Today there are over 1,000 different varieties of mangos throughout the world.
Mangos really can make you feel better too because they are rich in vitamins, minerals and anti-oxidants and contain an enzyme with stomach soothing properties similar to papain found in papayas. These comforting enzymes act as a digestive aid and can be held partially responsible for that feeling of contentment we experience during and after eating a mango. Mango, both in its green and ripe form is a very good tenderizing agent due to these same enzymes, therefore ideal to include in any marinade.
We should all know the importance of fiber in our diets and if you are eating your mango-a-day, irregularity should not be a problem for you. Research has shown that dietary fiber has a protective effect against degenerative diseases, especially with regards to the heart; may help prevent certain types of cancer, as well as lowering blood cholesterol levels. An average sized mango can contain up to 40% of your daily fiber requirement. Mangos are also a great way to replenish that lost potassium. Deliciously rich in anti-oxidants, potassium and fiber – the mango is the perfect fruit.