Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Mangoes: The King of Fruit

I love mangoes!! Mangoes are sweet and juicy and they taste like a pineapple and a peach combination (yummo!). I know people who have never tasted a mango...they don't know what they're missing.

The mango indigenous to India and is a very popular fruit. There are over 1000 varieties of mangoes. They are used for their juice, flavor, fragrance and color. The mango is of often called a "super fruit and the king of fruit."

Mangoes are rich in phytochemicals and nutrients. They are high in dietary fiber, vitamin C, carotenoids. Mangoes also contain essential vitamins and minerals. Antioxidants are present too. The King of Fruit and this super fruit packs a powerful punch (107 calories/1 cup, 24 g of sugar, 3 g of fiber, 1 g of protein).

Did you know that mangoes account for 50% of all tropical fruits produced worldwide? This little fruit is very popular with a worldwide production of 23 million tons in 2001. Mangoes have been cultivated for 4000 years. That's quite a long time.

There are awesome benefits one can get from eating mangoes. Mangoes help tone heart muscles, stimulate appetite, improve the skin's texture and appearance, is a diuretic, laxative, and helps people with liver disorders and are high in iron. Mangoes are also a good source of beta-carotene, antioxidants and has anticancer properties.

Here is a recipe that I tried and I love it. Whenever I have a taste for some pudding, I make Mango Pudding. It is very east and quick to make.

Mango Pudding

1 or 2 Mangoes (remove the skin and seed)
1 or 2 Thai Coconuts (coconut meat)...the water is yummy and good for you too.
A little coconut water as needed.

Directions: Place the cut up mango and thai coconut meat in a blender/processor. Add a little coconut water as needed. Blend until smooth and creamy with a pudding like consistency. Place in the refrigerator to allow to pudding to set. This not necessary, but I like it a little chilled.

Happy Hump Day!!