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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.

Available year-round, mangos bring a burst of tropical flavor and one cup of fresh mangos delivers 100% of your daily vitamin C. Here are some tips for incorporating mangos into plant-based, Mexican-inspired dishes.


Don't focus on color, it's not the best indicator of maturity. 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 great tips and videos on how to slice a mango here, or you can follow these three easy steps:
1. A mango has a long, flat seed in the center of the fruit. Place the mango on the cutting board with the stem end down and hold it. Position your knife about 1/4" from the widest center line and cut through the handle. Flip the handle over and repeat this cut on the other side. You now have two "cheeks". What remains in the middle is mostly the seed of mango

2. Take each cheek and cut parallel slices into the mango flesh, being careful not to cut through the skin. Rotate the cheek of the handle 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 with a large spoon, or try the "Upside Down" method, where you flip the grooved cheek of the mango by pushing the skin up from below. and scrape the mango pieces from the skin with a knife or spoon.
Now that you know how to select and cut a mango, try this iconic Mexican way of eating mango: take sliced ​​mangoes, sprinkle with chili and sea salt, and a splash of lime juice. It is the perfect combination of sweet, spicy, sour and salty. Delicious!

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