What can(n't) I do with a mango?

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    Jan 22, 2008 8:16 PM GMT
    I was shopping the other day and noticed these spectacular shaped fruits. (Not what you're thinking.) They were mangoes. I immediately bought them and I've stared at them for about 3 days now. As beautiful as they are, I've no idea what to do with them. I've seen people cut them up before. But that seems almost a waste of such a tropical delight. So, any ideas?

    I know what mango tastes like, and I've had smoothies and flavored drinks before with mango in them. I think I'm just reaching our for something new. Any takers?
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    Jan 22, 2008 10:07 PM GMT
    LOL, that is too funny.

    I went to the beach in Veracruz, Mexico on vacation, and they were selling mangoes cut to look like flowers on a stick.

    You can also just peel them from the top and eat them like a banana (just don't eat the huge seed in the middle)

    You can cut them into little squares and put a little lemon juice on them.

    Hmm... what else? Some smoothies or margaritas...
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    Jan 22, 2008 10:16 PM GMT
    I grew up w/ mango trees. You can eat them as is (peel the skin off first) or use them in a salad (just like any other fruit). Depends on how ripe they are though.
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    Jan 22, 2008 10:58 PM GMT
    I have a mango tree tree planted in my garden , however still not mature enough to bear fruit. This topic sound a little silly (sorry), what you do with it. Peel the skin and eat it!
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    Jan 22, 2008 11:21 PM GMT
    Dice it and put it in low fat yoghurt.
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    Jan 22, 2008 11:30 PM GMT
    Mango Chutney (1 Cup)

    7 1/16 ounces very firm mangoes
    1/2 cup sugar
    5/8 cup vinegar
    1/4 (5 cm) piece ginger, peeled
    7/8 clove garlic, peeled
    1/2-7/8 teaspoon chili powder
    7/8 teaspoon mustard seeds
    1 5/8 teaspoons salt
    3 1/4 tablespoons raisins or sultanas

    Peel and cut mangoes into small pieces, set aside.

    Place sugar and all but 20ml of the vinegar in a pan; simmer for 10 minutes.

    Blend ginger, garlic and remaining vinegar in food processor or blender to paste.

    Add paste to pan;cook 10 minutes, stirring.

    Add the mango and remaining ingredients.

    cook uncovered 25 minutes, stirring as chutney thickens.

    Watch carefully- it can catch at this stage!
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    Jan 23, 2008 12:08 AM GMT
    eat it while it's fresh, it's a bigger waste if you just look at it. Doing anything else will just ruin the natural flavor and texture.
  • ShawnTX

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    Jan 23, 2008 1:24 AM GMT
    Hehe, I thought this thread had an entirely different meaning to it, so I'll just say...eat them.
  • iHavok

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    Jan 23, 2008 1:53 AM GMT
    they are good diced up in some pad thai...

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    Jan 23, 2008 2:25 AM GMT
    Here in Columbus there is a California Pizza place that has an tandoori pizza - they use tandoori chicken and mangos in the recipe - very tasty. IMO icon_biggrin.gif
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    Jan 23, 2008 3:36 AM GMT
    Oh wow. Alot of those suggestions sound delicious. The tandoori chicken pizza! The mango chutney! Even a margarita. Thanks so much for the suggestions. Now, I'm just really excited to get to work on these bad boys.

    You have no idea how absurdly excited I am. It's the simple things in life....

  • GeorgeNJ

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    Jan 23, 2008 4:04 AM GMT
    This one is absolutely refreshing on a hot day. A popular Indian drink, it's perfect with hot / spicy food, because it cools the heat:

    Ginger Mango Lassi

    The flesh of 2 mangoes
    1-inch piece of fresh ginger
    2 8-ounce containers of vanilla yogurt
    (NB I use plain greek style yogurt and a splash of vanilla)
    1 handful of ice cubes
    2 Tbls honey

    1. Peel the ginger, and grate it finely into a bowl. Use fingers to squeeze the juice out of the gratings. Retain the juice, and discard the gratings.
    2. Pour ginger juice and remaining ingredients into a blender and blend until thick and smooth.

    NB If you don't have a mixer, whisk all the ingredients except the ice together in a bowl. Fill glasses with ice, and pour mixture over top. You may need to water it down a little bit to make it drinkable.
  • Artesin

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    Jan 23, 2008 4:44 AM GMT
    Make some rice pudding and put mango chunks over it. Though I prefer them just cut up
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    Jan 23, 2008 5:06 AM GMT
    I love mangoes. Of course they're pretty expensive in Boston this time of year.

    I stand the mango upright and make vertical cuts on both sides of the big seed in the middle. this gives 3 pieces of mango, the middle one with the seed. Then I cut a grid into the two side pieces (not cutting the skin), flip it inside out, and eat it. There's a picture of what this sorta looks like here

    http://www.health-fitness.com.au/mangoes-health-benefits-sex-sun/
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    Jan 23, 2008 5:47 AM GMT
    Our Haden Mango tree is the prize of our yard, and we're typically inundated with the fruit in June and July. The best way to eat a mango is really the simplest: just peel and eat fresh. And this is best done naked at the kitchen sink... they can be rather juicy and messy, but fun.

    Another Old Florida recipe is to take fresh mango and blend it up with some vanilla ice cream for an easy mango ice cream.

    Y U M !
  • iHavok

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    Jan 23, 2008 6:17 AM GMT
    Speaking of Tandoori chicken...

    Tried some soy jerky this weekend, with tandoori chicken flavor, and not only did it smell like cheap dog food, but it tasted like what it smelled like as well.

    Oh well.
    Lucky for me i eat the real jerky stuff!
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    Jan 23, 2008 10:06 AM GMT
    hmmmm mango and chicken salad smothered in balsamic vinegar yummo!
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    Jan 24, 2008 4:28 AM GMT
    The best way to prepare a mango is to "porcupine" it.

    This is a technique where the mango is sliced in half, has scores sliced in in opposite directions, is inverted, and then the cubes are cut. This technique leaves the largest amount of the fruit intact, leaves your hands the least sticky, and is very impressive looking while not being nearly difficult... as say... tourne. icon_biggrin.gif

    http://phrogz.net/MangoCubes/
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    Jan 24, 2008 4:41 AM GMT
    Make them into a fresh salsa.. that is sooooo good.
  • DuggerPDX

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    Jan 24, 2008 7:32 PM GMT
    I agree, fresh mango salsa on a nice rare piece of Ahi is awesome. I like it with a little heat, I add a jalepeno and a sweet maui/walla walla onion.
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    Jan 25, 2008 4:32 AM GMT
    You can't flush one down the toilet
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    Jan 25, 2008 4:37 AM GMT
    Use as an alternative to rockmelon in a proscuitto antipasto serve.

    slice mango into fingers
    wrap in proscuitto
    eat with salted bread stick

    (not too many, please, high in sodium!)
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    Jan 25, 2008 4:38 AM GMT
    Mango salsa, chutney, ice cream, sorbet, smoothy, or cocktail are so good! I make sure to make a double any recipe because I know I can easily have to servings. Once in a great while I'll throw mango, strawberry, lime, ice and some of my protein shake together. It's freakin delicious!

    But if you want to find a lot recipes for some good stuff go to cook.com or that foodnetwrk place and find something that sounds good to you. Hope you like it! And careful that your mangos aren't too soft or too green, bad stuff.
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    Jan 25, 2008 5:20 AM GMT
    A word of caution on the consumption of mango...

    Mango is very high in iodine content. Over intake of iodine has been shown to lead to breakouts of acne.

    Every excess is a vice!
  • atxclimber

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    Jan 25, 2008 5:42 AM GMT
    People keep saying to peel it, but I didn't notice anyone specifically mention that many humans are allergic to mango skin. One time a guy who had a mango tree brought a bunch into my office and sent out an email noting, "Free mangoes in the kitchen." Later that day one of our designers had this awful red rash all over the lower half of his face. He'd just taken a mango and bit into it like a fruit... and then liked the tasted enough he keep eating.

    It was pretty unfortunate.

    Mango, fundamentally, is just a sweet, fibrous, syrupy fruit, and is as versatile as fruits like that get. I like it with the black sweetened sticky rice for dessert, or cubed and served with chilled lychee fruit, black sesame, and almond.