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    Did you know that mangos are the most popular fruit it the world? India grows and consumes more mangos than any other country in the world! In the U.S., mangos come from Mexico, Ecuador, Peru, Brazil, Guatemala, Haiti and Nicaragua. Hawaii produces mangos, but the demand for fresh mangos on the Island keeps them there. Puerto Rico, Florida and Southern California also grow mangos.

    In many of the mango-growing countries, mangos are the most beloved fruit and are often consumed every day. And that’s not a bad idea, considering mangos contain over 20 vitamins and minerals, including 100% of the daily value for Vitamin C, 35% of the daily value for Vitamin A and 12% of our daily fiber needs—all for 100 calories per cup.

    Do you know how to select and cut a mango? Here are some simple tips to help you get the most out of this delicious, tropical fruit.

     

    How to Select a Mango

    Don’t focus on color—it’s not the best indicator of ripeness. Instead, use your experience with peaches or avocados and squeeze the mango gently. A ripe mango will be slightly soft to the touch.

    The National Mango Board has some great tips and videos on how to cut a mango here, or you can follow these three easy steps:

    1. A mango has one long, flat seed in the center of the fruit. Stand the mango on your cutting board stem end down and hold. Place your knife about 1/4" from the widest center line and cut down through the mango. Flip the mango around and repeat this cut on the other side. You now have two “cheeks.” What is left in the middle is mostly the mango seed.

    2. Take each cheek and cut parallel slices into the mango flesh, being careful not to cut through the skin. Turn the mango cheek 1/4 rotation and cut another set of parallel slices to make a checkerboard pattern.

    3. Now you can “Slice and Scoop”— scoop the mango slices out of the mango skin using a large spoon, or try the “Inside Out” method where you turn the scored mango cheek inside out by pushing the skin up from underneath, and scrape the mango chunks off of the skin with a knife or spoon.

    Now that you know how to select and cut a mango, try this iconic Mexican way to eat mangos: take sliced mangos, sprinkle with chili and sea salt, and a squeeze of lime juice. It is the perfect combination of sweet, spicy, tart, and salty. Delicioso!

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