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A Delicious Sweet Tropical Fruit with a Slight Resin Flavor

fruit-mango.jpg (730182 bytes)Selecting and Ripening a Mango

Mangos or Mangoes, when shipped to the market are quite often unripe with a green color, or green with a reddish blush.  A ripe mango loses its green color and becomes yellowish as shown in the photo at the left.

We have found that mangos purchased with no yellowish color often begin to rot before they become fully ripe.  We try to buy the ones showing the most yellow.  We then store them on our counter top with bananas, which seem to help ripen the mangos.

When ripe, the mango will become slightly soft, and the skin will often begin to show a slight wrinkling.  It will also have a slight tropical resin odor.  Once you become familiar with these subtleties, you will begin to enjoy this delicious fruit even more.

fruit-mango-cut.jpg (714272 bytes)Cutting Mangos

A Mango is oval in shape from top to bottom.  The large, somewhat flat, seed is also oval in shape and is attached to the stem end of the fruit.  The outer shape of the fruit is narrower across its center on the flat sides of the seed and wider to the edges of the seed.

To cut the mango, hold it with the narrow width to the left and right, with the stem end away from you. Draw an imaginary line from the stem end to the bottom of the mango and cut downward about 3/8 of an inch to the right or left of the seed with a sharp knife.  You should feel the knife sliding along the side of the seed as you cut the one side off.  Repeat the operation on the other side.  Then cut the "halves" into thirds as shown above.

We enjoy eating the fruit off of the skin and also off the seed.

The above recipe is in keeping with God's creation intent (Genesis 1:29-31):  'Then God said, "I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food.  And to all the beasts of the earth and all the birds of the air and all the creatures that move on the ground-- everything that has the breath of life in it-- I give every green plant for food." And it was so.   God saw all that he had made, and it was very good.' (NIV)  Let no animal suffer or die that we may live! (d-2)

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