Celebrating National Mango Day
As one of the most popular fruits in the world, it’s only fitting for mango to have a day dedicated to all things mango. National Mango Day is July 22 and we can’t wait to share the mango-licious love!
A Global Fruit
Mango isn’t just a fruit, it’s a part of culture and history in so many countries around the world. Mangos were first grown in India more than 5,000 years ago. From there, the mango seed traveled throughout Asia making its way to the Middle East, East Africa and South America around the time of 300 or 400 A.D. Today, nearly half of the world’s mangos are harvested in India alone, where it’s the national fruit. It’s even become a tradition to give a basket of mangos as a gesture of friendship.
There are thousands of mango varieties across the world, however in the United States there are six kinds you are most likely to find in your local supermarket. With plentiful availability, this is a great time to sample different varieties and explore their flavor profiles.
Available June through August, December through February
One of the sweeter and less fibrous varieties, Kent mangos are dark green and can have a red blush and yellow undertones.
Available March through July, September and October
Tommy Atkins is what Americans typically picture when they think of a mango. Big, round and mostly red with yellow, orange or green accents, the Tommys are widely available most of the year, and you’re best off to give it a squeeze to check if it’s ripe. If it gives a little, you’re good to go!
Spend Your Day with Mango
Zingy Ginger Mango Smoothie: https://www.mango.org/recipes/zingy-ginger-mango-smoothie/
Mango, Black Bean & Caramelized Veggie Burrito: https://www.mango.org/recipes/mango-black-bean-caramelized-veggie-burrito/
Mango Chia Pudding: https://www.mango.org/recipes/mango-chia-pudding/
Thai Curry Meatballs with Spicy Mango: https://www.mango.org/recipes/thai-curry-meatballs-with-spicy-mango/
No Bake Mango Sticky Pie: https://www.mango.org/recipes/no-bake-mango-sticky-pie/
Mexican Mangonada: https://www.mango.org/recipes/mexican-mangonada/
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