Day 39: You can't-a-have-a de Mango!

I don’t know about you, but Mango from Saturday Night Live gave me the creeps. I think Chris Kattan is funny, but I preferred him in The Roxbury Guys to his Mango character. Known for his line “You can’t-a-have-a de Mango!” Chris Kattan was wrong because we should indeed “have-a-de Mango!” 

Mangoes are known as the “king of fruit” (just like Michael Jackson was the King of Pop?) Mangoes have been growing in Southeast Asia for more than 4,000 years! In India mango trees are the symbol of love and some even believe that the tree can grant wishes.

Mangoes are great for dieters because they are a high volume food, which I’ve touted before as an excellent way to lose weight (think Volumetrics diet.) An entire mango only has 135 calories, 3 ½ grams of fiber and is loaded with potassium, vitamin A, beta-carotene, vitamin C, vitamin K, calcium, phosphorus and magnesium. 

This morning I made a mango, banana, pineapple and protein smoothie. I used unflavored whey protein powder made by Unjury, so I could savor the tropical flavors. It was delish! I actually bought my mango last week and tried to eat it fresh, but I had a heck of a time cutting into it and cutting the flesh away from the huge pit inside. I ended up mangling the beautiful fruit and freezing the little pieces that I managed to cut off. I also had several overripe bananas earlier in the week, so I froze them as well and used them in my smoothie this morning. What a great way to have a refreshing breakfast with fruit that otherwise would have gone to waste!

I should have paid more attention to how to tell if a mango is ripe because I would have had more luck cutting into that sucker. You can tell if a mango is ripe if it is slightly soft to the touch and yields under gentle pressure. You can also quicken the ripening process by placing the mango in a brown paper bag with an apple.

 Have you ever had a mango? Do you like them?

3 thoughts on “Day 39: You can't-a-have-a de Mango!

  1. I LOVE mango, although I’ve never managed to learn the art of peeling them properly, I always end up with smooshed pieces!

  2. Mangos are quite good though for some reason I almost never buy them. Maybe they are also the overlooked fruit. I guess I am never sure how to buy them, are they ripe enough, too ripe? Never sure.

  3. I know this is super late, but I used to work in a restaurant and we used mango a lot in our sushi and ceviche. If I could, I’d like to share some tips with you about cutting them!

    First, cut a flat piece off the bottom so that you can stand the fruit upright. Almost the way you would even out a cake top before you stack it. You’ll be able to see the pit that runs vertically through the fruit. Then you’ll want to slide your knife from top to bottom, like you would peel an apple. Once you get all the rind off, which you’ll want to do because it’s very bitter, you should slice parallel to the pit. You can either cut one big chunk on either side and then slice it after, or you can cut them as thin as you like up to the pit. You can also usually get a few good pieces to the sides of the pit, using a kind of carving motion to slide the flesh off the pit if you’re too close.

    From there you can cut the mango into strips or dice it, whatever your heart desires!

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