We’re excited to highlight one of our favourite tropical fruits, mangos! This juicy fruit is the featured fruit in our store. Mangos are one of the most popular fruits in the world especially among Indians!
First grown in India over 5,000 years ago, mangos require warm, dry weather for premium quality fruit. They are grown in tropical areas – where the atmosphere is perfect for this sweet, flavourful fruit. Mangos are low in calories and high in fibre, and used in many recipes like low-fat desserts, smoothies, salads, muffins or alongside sweet white rice. One cup of mango is just 100 calories, and they also provide your daily serving of Vitamin C.
Mangoes are to be found everywhere in India, especially in Bengal, Gujarat, Malwah, Khandesh, and the Dekhan. Every region in India is divided on which kind of mango trumps the other in taste. They are rarer in Punjab, where their cultivation has, however, increased since his Majesty made Lahore his capital. A young tree will bear fruit after four years. They put also milk and treacle round about the trees, which makes the fruits sweeter.
About a month after the leaves have made their appearance, the fruit is sour, and is used for preserves and pickle. The fruit is generally taken down when unripe and kept in a particular manner. Mangoes ripened in this manner are much finer. They are fit to be eaten during the rains. Some trees bloom and yield fruit the whole year; but this is rare. You can also place the mango in a paper bag at room temperature to speed up the ripening process.
Choosing a mango is an art. You can’t always judge a ripe mango by its colour. Instead, you should go off how the mango feels when squeezed gently. If it gives slightly, then it should be ready for consumption. Also, the aroma from the stem is another indication. If you have a firm mango, allowing it to sit on your counter top for a few days should be all it needs.
Most commonly, mangos are cut away from the pit, which is large, then peeled before their use.