Mangoes are enjoyed both ripe and unripe. To select a fully ripe mango, look for a smooth, leatherlike skin, an intoxicating scent, and a meaty flesh that gives, but isn't mushy. To enjoy unripe or "green" mangoes, select firm fruits and store them in the refrigerator to use before they've ripened. Get inspired to use them in different ways when you read more.
Snapple must've known. They shipped over a giant container of their latest drink, Papaya Mango Iced Tea, a new limited-edition beverage released in partnership with CBS's The Amazing Race, and "inspired by the exotic flavors and rich tea tradition of India." We tried both the regular and diet versions, which are, according to the label, "naturally flavored with other natural flavors." What does that even mean?
"The regular tastes good!" Katie remarked on first sip. It's true: the fruity-floral initial notes, mildly bitter black tea, and sweet ending are inherently satisfying. As a longtime Diet Coke drinker, I preferred the aspartame version. It tastes similarly refreshing and doesn't have the lingering aftertaste of some diet beverages. Neither had distinctly mango or papaya notes, but generally tropical, almost pineapple-y flavors.
I don't buy bottled iced tea often, but this would be the perfect drink to get into gear for Spring's warmer days. What's your favorite iced tea flavor?
Next to tomatoes, mangoes are my favorite Summer produce. I love the sweetness of this fruit; it also doesn't hurt that it's packed with nutritional goodness too. And even though a mango tastes great on its own, there are a lot of tasty ways to eat it. Keep reading to learn five different ways to prep a mango, and five nutritional reasons it's always a good fruit to have on hand.
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.
I picked this snack up at a street fair recently but it's super easy to make at home. Toss sliced mango with lime juice, salt, and chili powder. Done! (Jicama and papaya work great too.)
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As I came across this recipe for grilled snapper with mango salsa, I instantly had memories of Dad's fish with fruit salsa. Since snapper isn't the most sustainable of fishes, I'll probably sub in something similar like rock fish. To take a look at the simple and delicious recipe, read more
Pineapples have traditionally been employed in tropical fruit salads, where they complement the flavors of papayas, mangoes, and toasted coconut. But don't overlook a savory application. Combine the fruit with cucumbers, tomatoes, and herbs in a fiery Asian vinaigrette for a sweet-hot twist. Make it a full meal by adding shredded rotisserie chicken or garlicky grilled shrimp. Aching for a taste of the tropics? Decide whether to go the sweet or salty route when you read more.