This is one of my favorite fruits. 🥭
I mean, that’s a hard thing to say after having durian, jackfruit, gold nugget citrus (ripe off the tree), figs (also ripe off the tree), fuyu persimmons (also ripe off the tree), sweet, crisp watermelon, and white sapote (also ripe off the tree), but it’s up there!
I actually had mango RIPE, fresh off the tree in Florida, too! And it was amazing.
I’m realizing something here – having fruit RIPE off the tree is the way to go haha. But I know that’s not always possible.
And there’s still a way to enjoy fruit, improve your health, vibe HIGH, and eat it at its optimal ripeness, even when you have to shop in a grocery store.
Mango is the national fruit of three countries: India, Pakistan, and the Philippines.
These countries have a deep cultural and historical connection with mangoes, considering them a significant part of their respective cuisines and agricultural heritage.
Mangos are nutritious fruit that offers several essential nutrients you need for your precious temple.
And when you can eat the fruits that are in season and local (and not sprayed with pesticides), you’re maximizing your chances of obtaining optimal levels of the fruit’s star nutrients.
Fun Fact About Mangos!
One bit of trivia about mangos is that they belong to the same family of plants as poison ivy and poison oak!
While mangoes are delicious and one of the world’s most popular fruits, some individuals are actually allergic to them! 😲
So, while they are a tasty treat for most, for a small number of people, they could have an itchy and unpleasant surprise!
Key Nutrients of Mangos
Mangos are a great source of vitamin C, which supports immune function and collagen synthesis and acts as an antioxidant.
Mangos are rich in vitamin A, particularly in the form of beta-carotene.
Vitamin A is important for maintaining healthy vision, promoting growth and development, and supporting immune function.
Mangos contain dietary fiber, which aids in digestion, promotes a feeling of fullness, and supports healthy bowel movements.
Mangos are a good source of potassium, an essential mineral that helps regulate blood pressure, maintain proper fluid balance, and support heart health.
Mangos provide some vitamin E, which acts as an antioxidant and supports skin health, immune function, and cell protection.
Mangos contain various B vitamins, including folate (important for cell growth and development), thiamine (helps convert food into energy), and pyridoxine (supports brain function and red blood cell production).
Mangos contain several antioxidants, such as mangiferin and quercetin, which help protect cells from damage caused by free radicals and oxidative stress.
Fruit Storage and Ripening Tips for Mangos
- If you have unripe mangos, you can ripen them at home by placing them in a paper bag at room temperature. Adding a ripe banana or apple to the bag can speed up the ripening process due to the release of ethylene gas.
- Check the mangos daily to monitor their ripeness. They should become softer and develop a fragrant aroma when ripe.
- Once the mangos are ripe, you can store them in the refrigerator to slow further ripening for a few days.
- If the mangos are fully ripe, you can store them in the refrigerator to prolong their shelf life. Place them in a plastic bag or airtight container to help retain their moisture.
- It’s best to store ripe mangos in the refrigerator for 5-7 days.
- If you have unripe mangos, it’s recommended to store them at room temperature until they ripen.
Handling and Care
- Handle mangos with care to avoid bruising or damaging the fruit.
- Wash mangos before consuming them. However, it’s advisable not to wash them before storage, as excess moisture can lead to spoilage.
- Cut or sliced mangos should be stored in a covered container in the refrigerator and consumed within a day or two for optimal freshness.
Remember, mangos are best enjoyed when they are ripe and their flavor is at its peak.
By following these storage and ripening tips, you can ensure that your mangos stay fresh and delicious.
If you’d like to download our free PDF on fruit storage and ripening, check out our free resource page.
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