Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Mangos are Marvelous

Ani Difranco has a song called “The Atom,” in which she extols its virtues.  It goes:

The glory of the atom
begs a reverent word
the primary design
of the whole universe
yes, let us sing its praises
let us bow our heads in prayer
at the magnificent consciousness
incarnate there  

Of course, she then goes on to decry nuclear power and weaponry.  Anyway, since I have taken up the guitar, perhaps I should write a song entitled “The Mango,” in which I explain the wondrousness of this fruit (without any political undertones, although I’m all for sticking it to “The Man”).  It would be a great idea if I could actually write poetry, or if I could picture myself singing at the farmers’ market on Saturdays.  I should probably just stick with the blog.
For some reason, I had never eaten a mango until this past year.  Maybe I have not mentioned this before, but I have always been a very, shall we say, “picky” eater, always sticking to certain staple foods.  That is why becoming vegan has been such an eye-opening experience for me.  I have tried so many new, wonderful foods and dishes that have been not only delicious, but healthy.  When I realized how amazing mangos were, I started trying to include them in as many of my recipes as possible.  So go out and eat a mango today!  Use the previous recipe and treat yourself to a delightful smoothie.  Include it in your salsa or fruit salad.  Change up what you eat once in a while and find a new and delicious snack to fall in love with.

Facts about Mangos:
  • Mangos are an excellent source of Vitamin A, Vitamin C, pro-biotic dietary fiber, and Potassium. 
  • Mangos are known as “The King of Fruit” in some places.
  • Mangos are eaten more than any other fruit in the world.
How to tell if a Mango is Ripe:
Mangos come in an array of red, yellow, and green.  To tell if a mango is ripe, don’t judge by its color, but whether or not it is a bit soft (but not too soft) and fragrant. 

How to Slice a Mango:
Mangos have gigantic seeds in the center.  There are a number of ways to slice a mango.  What I have found to be the easiest is to use a knife to slice around this large seed and then scoop the flesh out from the skin.  Some people like to cut a grid-like pattern into the flesh and then push the skin inside out and break off the small squares.

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