You may be noticing their fragrant aroma in the produce section of your supermarket: right now, mangoes are at their peak, and it's only fitting that June is National Mango Month. They're bursting with floral flavor and satisfying eaten out of hand, but mangoes also provide a welcome taste of the tropics when added to appetizers, drinks, and even meat dishes. Cut up a few and try one (or all 12) of these serving suggestions to start celebrating properly.
Mouth-puckeringly tart, slightly sweet, cool, and creamy, the mango lassi is a natural pairing with spicy Indian dishes as its dairy base quells fiery bursts of heat. Thankfully, like its smoothie kin, it's a simple recipe to master and, likewise, worth considering beyond the dinner table.
Thinner than a typical smoothie (thanks to a healthy dose of milk), a lassi isn't an exact analogue per se but ticks many of the same boxes. For those only familiar with it as Indian-restaurant fare, it might seem like an odd choice for breakfast, but I bet once you try your hand at the easy recipe, you'll want to enjoy it morning, noon, and night.
Miss out on Spring break? Not to worry: mango, avocado, pineapple, and a few splashes of milk are all you need to go on a miniature tropical getaway.
Why, you might ask, should you add avocado to the smoothie? Don't skip out on it: the fruit imparts a pleasant green hue on the drink, plus it contributes to the overall thickness and mouthfeel of the smoothie, since avocados are naturally high in fat. It won't really affect the flavor, though: this smoothie is all about the mighty sweet mango and mouth-puckering pineapple.
I prefer my smoothies on the thicker side, but keep blending it with more milk until you reach your desired consistency. I like to pop my smoothie in the freezer for 10 minutes or so to really chill it up.
Stuck in a salad rut? We've all been there — thankfully, it's an easy problem to solve, especially as a glut of gorgeous Spring produce comes into season. Whether you're partial to sweet-tart juicy mango, verdant asparagus, crisp and delicately flavored pea shoots, or all three, watch the video for ideas on how best to use them to upgrade your brown-bag salad lunch routine.
Sherbet is usually thought of as somewhere between ice cream and sorbet. Unlike ice cream, sherbet doesn't have eggs, and unlike sorbet, sherbet does have milk. Sherbet has a creamier texture like ice cream but doesn't take nearly as long to make since you skip making the custard.
Be sure to use ripe mangoes for better texture; to make it even smoother, strain the mango puree before you blend it. This light, tangy, and fruity mango sherbet is the perfect way to end a festive soiree — for both kids and adults alike. If you are ready to try your hand at a simple mango sherbet, keep reading for the recipe.
Drowning in the brown-bag lunch doldrums? Fret not! We've got a ribboned slaw sure to add some spunk to your weekly lunchbox rotation. So, before you resort to so-so (and pricey) takeout or a disapointing frozen meal, hear us out.
Sturdy ribbons of cabbage and thin slices of juicy mango and papaya are sturdy enough to hold up for a few days dressed in the fridge, without disintegrating into a gloppy wilted mess, making this salad a great make-ahead candidate. Practicality aside (and let's be real, we're here for the flavor), this salad is first and foremost a kick in the mouth, thanks to its tantalizing balance of spicy, sweet, salty, and sour flavors that remind us of a certain favorite cuisine.
Hoping to brush up on some basic knife skills this year? There's no better place to start than with the proper way to slice a mango. If you're not familiar with prepping this tropical fruit, fear not: get ready to learn the basics of cutting a mango in less than a minute! Sharpen those knives, and watch the video to learn how it's done.
Since mangoes are in season, my favorite smoothie these days is a mix of cranberry juice, yogurt, and the fresh tropical fruit. The cranberry first struck me as random, but it adds a wonderful depth of flavor and a little more complexity. A better on-the-go breakfast, when you read more.
The Larita — a combination of muddled mangoes, Van Gogh vodka, triple sec, and a simple rum syrup — is like an island vacation in a glass.
If you can't make your way to the tropics, this vividly colored cocktail is truly the next best thing. For the recipe, keep on reading.