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Funky Fruits: Mango

  • Feb 15, 2016
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When it comes to fruit, sometimes you need to take the road less traveled. Rather than cherry or apple, peach or fresh berries, try your hand at baking with mango. It may sound unconventional, but mango provides a luscious (and super healthy!) addition to your desserts and baked goods. Mangos should have a golden-green tone when they are at their peak of ripeness, but a better test is the level of firmness. The fruit should yield slightly to pressure from your thumb without being squishy. You may also notice a pleasant fruity fragrance near the stem. Keep the fruit refrigerated for the best results, or freeze chopped and peeled portions for later use.

And since they’re brimming with more than 20 different vitamins and minerals, why wouldn’t you freeze them for later? They also contain flavonoids, a fancy word for powerful antioxidants and anti-inflammatory healthy properties. Plus, mangos protect against certain cancers, contribute to vibrant-looking skin and can aid in digestion and weight loss (they’re only 100 or so calories!)—perhaps explaining why they have been revered around the world since ancient times.

Mangos pair perfectly with coconut, which opens a whole world of possibilities. Or you can opt for mango muffins, mango loaf cake with passion fruit glaze, or tropical cupcakes with a hint of mango. If you’re looking for a standalone fresh fruit treat, peel the skin and extract the pit. Place the hollow side up in one of our ruffled baking cups and drizzle with honey and lemon juice. Bake for five or so minutes and serve warm—heaven!

Photo credit to www.anaturaldifference.com

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