It’s Going to Be a Mango-licious Summer

Starting June 18 to July 1, Central Market is going crazy for mangos.

Learn how to choose, cut, and store new varieties of the tropical fruit, and, of course, we’ve got some recipes for you, too! 

A little history

Mangos, which belong to the same family as the cashew and the pistachio nut, are mentioned in Hindu writings dating as far back as 4,000 B.C. It’s believed the fruits originated in India and Southeast Asia where they were cultivated by Buddhist monks. According to legend, mangos are considered a sacred fruit in the region because Buddha himself meditated under a mango tree.

Mango seeds traveled with humans from Asia beginning around 300 or 400 A.D., making their way to the tropical climates where the trees thrive. Today a majority of the mangos sold in the U.S. are grown near the equator in countries like Mexico, Peru, Brazil, and Haiti.

Our new mango varieties
Central Market’s Produce Experts have brought in four new varieties of mangos:
Kent – This juicy variety from Florida has a rich, sweet flavor that makes it perfect for juicing and drying. You’ll notice it by the yellow undertones or dots that cover it as it ripens.
Tommy Atkins – Also from Florida, the mildly sweet and firm Tommy mangos are the most popular variet in the United States. These have a dark red blush that often covers most of the fruit with green and orangey-yellow accents.  
Ataúlfo – These mangos from Mexico are smooth and firm with a sweet, creamy flavor.
Haitian – Grown on small farms throughout Haiti, this bright  yellow variety is a mixture of sweet and spicy flavors. Available June 20. 

Now that you know a bit more about mangos, here are some tips from our Produce team:
How to Choose a Mango:
  • Choose a mango based on firmness and when you plan to eat it, not on color.
  • Squeeze the mango gently. A ripe mango will be slightly soft to the touch.
  • Choose a firmer mango if you won't eat it for a few days.
How to Ripe and Store a Mangos
  • Keep unripe mangos at room temperature. Never refrigerate mangos before they are ripe.
  • To speed up ripening, store in a paper bag at room temperature.
  • Once ripe, refrigerate. You can keep whole, ripe mangos in the fridge for up to five days.
  • You can keep mangos in the fridge for several days or in the freezer for up to 6 months. That means mango smoothies for Christmas!  

Mango smoothies aren't a bad idea, but think outside the blender. Anyone for Mango Bread or Mango Jicama Relish? Browse our database of mango recipes and find your favori
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Gregory M Buchold wrote on 6/19/2014 1:03:46 PM

I recently purchased Indian mangoes at an Indian grocery store on Hillcroft. Although these Indian mangoes were touted as being the best tasting and part of the trade agreement negotiated under George W Bush, the ones I purchased had such a strong chemical taste of pesticides that they were inedible. Surprising because they were subject to irradiation rather than the prior procedures. On the upside I've gotten Kent mangoes from fruit grower Robert Is Here in Homewood FL and they were some of the best I've ever eaten - large, tasting like a creamsicle, and with very little fiber.

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