Mango Season + Summer Means It’s Time to Celebrate
You know what they say – it takes two to mango; which is just as well, because summertime is celebration time. We’ll be tucking into the most exotic mango dishes this season, and so can you, thanks to this delicious seasonal fruit!
Mangoes are the ultimate summer party fruit because of their gorgeous colour – think about it, what other fruit looks like a tropical island sunset? Their delectable sweetness and versatility make them the perfect addition to any sweet or savoury dish.
Make this Summer Tastier with Mangoes
Start planning your summer festive season menus and stock up on marvellous mangoes to feature alongside those cocktails and canapés. The first South African mangoes of the season hit the shelves in early December. Tommy Atkins mangoes are the life of the party, thanks to their medium to large size and sunset orange-red colouring. You can pick up Tommy Atkins mangoes well into January.
Mangoes are high in vitamins A and C, biotin and the mineral potassium. They are also a source of vitamins B1 and B6, and free from fat, sodium and cholesterol.
For those late summer soirées, try Kent and Keitt mangoes. Both these varieties are available from February to early April. Although green-skinned (even when ripe and ready to eat), these mangoes boast firm, fibreless, fragrant flesh with a natural sweetness. Don’t forget to judge how ripe your mangoes are by giving them a gentle squeeze. Ripe mangoes ‘give’ slightly under your fingers, while unripe mangoes remain firm to the touch, and can be ripened at room temperature within a couple of days.
Tortilla Chips & Mango Guacamole Recipe
Get the merrymaking started with frozen mango and lime margaritas, and add tortilla chips and mango guacamole to the mix. You could even whip up a quick mango salsa to go with that, or sliced mangoes with chilli-lime salt on the side. Olé!
Serves 4 | Preparation time: 10 minutes
Mango Guacamole Ingredients
1 ripe avocado, peeled, pitted, and cubed
200 g fresh mango, peeled, pitted, and cubed
Juice and zest of 1 lime
½ red onion, finely chopped
½ red pepper, seeded and finely chopped
30 ml (2 tbsp.) fresh coriander, chopped
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
1 red chilli, seeded and finely chopped
salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
Mix all the ingredients well together and refrigerate for the flavours to infuse, for about 20 minutes. Serve the tortilla chips with the mango guacamole.
For more tasty mango recipes visit the SA Mango Growers’ Association’s website and social media platforms at the links below.
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