In Season: Mangoes

April 2, 2013

ripe mangoes

This week at our local Whole Foods, mangoes are on sale – 10 for $10. No, they are not grown locally nor are they domestic, but they do have a harvest season – which is why they are in such abundance now. Perfectly ripe and ready to eat, they are a refreshing change from cold-weather apples and pears. Here are some ideas for how to eat them:

Mango Lassi – cool and focused.

Quick Mango and Ginger Pickle – a favorite.

Ottolenghi Soba Noodles with Eggplant and Mango – delicious.

Coconut Milk Sticky Rice with Mango – A Thai classic loved by our children.

Note: There are dozens of cultivated varieties of mangoes. The majority of them found in U.S. grocery stores are from Central America. They are at the bottom of the Environmental Working Group’s Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce, indicating that they are a good “non-organic” choice.

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