Aside from berries, one of my favorite fruits to enjoy during the Summer are mangoes; I love their sunny, peachy-sweet flavor. But it wasn't until recently that I started cooking with unripe mangoes. Green mangoes, as they're also called, are popular in Thai cooking. They have a crisp texture, and a tart, rather than saccharine, quality that's optimal for savory applications.
Purchase green mangoes while still firm, and use them before they ripen. Enjoy them julienned and lightly dressed in a salad with a salty and spicy sauce, served alongside protein such as grilled pork, chicken, or tofu. Just for comparison purposes, why not serve a fruit salad with sweet mango for dessert? Enjoy both mango preparations when you keep reading.
Ingredients 2 limes Directions Serves 6. From Everyday Food
Ingredients 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice, plus more to taste Directions Serves 4.
Sweet Mango Salad
1/3 cup water
1/3 cup sugar
2 large mangoes (2 1/2 lb total), peeled and cut into 1-inch pieces
3 cups blueberries (3/4 oz)
1/4 cup finely chopped crystallized ginger (1 1/2 oz)
Savory Mango Salad
2 tablespoons fish sauce, plus more to taste
1 teaspoon sugar, plus more to taste
2 green mangoes, peeled, pitted, and cut into thin strips
3 scallions, very thinly sliced
1/4 cup fresh cilantro leaves
1/4 cup fresh mint leaves, chopped
2 tablespoons chopped peanuts
1/2 teaspoon red-pepper flakes
From Everyday Food
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice, plus more to taste