Ataulfo Mangos are easily one of my favorite fruit varieties that we feature here at FruitRevival, and our customers and staff agree! This variety has a deliciously sweet and creamy flavor, and the flesh has a wonderful, firm texture. The flesh is also very smooth, and does not contain the stringy fibers that you may encounter in other mango varieties. Next week is the first time this year that they've been available to us, and we don't want to wait another minute before we get them in your fruit deliveries. We'll give you all the information you need about this delicious mango variety, and even some super easy tips for preparing them quickly and easily in your office break room or kitchen. We hope you enjoy!
How to Pick your Mango
Ataulfo mangos are smaller than other mango varieties, and they have a skinnier, flatter shape. When unripe, they can be quite green, but will turn to a golden yellow color as the fruit ripens. To test for ripeness, give the mango a gentle squeeze - if it is ripe and ready to eat the fruit will give slightly, but shouldn't be too soft or mushy. Additionally, don't worry if the skin has started to wrinkle, this is completely normal and means that your mango has reached it's optimum ripeness and achieved its maximum flavor.
You may encounter Ataulfo mangos in the store as early as February, but the peak season typically lasts from March through the early summer months. You may be able to find them through most of the year, but to really experience the full flavor of the mango, try to pick them up during the peak months. Ataulfo mangos need a warm climate to grow, and while they can be grown domestically in Florida and California, most mangos of this variety are grown in Mexico.
Ataulfo mangos, because they're so sweet and delicious, make it very easy to supply your body with some much needed nutrients, without adding many calories. One of these mangos contains only about 150 calories, but are a good source of vitamin A and also yields more than 100% of the recommended daily amount of vitamin C. Ataulfo mangos are also fat and sodium free, and contain 3-4 grams of dietary fiber. Eating healthy is easy when it tastes this good!
How to Cut a Mango
If you're unfamiliar with mangos, don't let them intimidate you. This fruit is incredibly easy to prepare, even in your office breakroom! With just a small knife you can easily prepare a mango in less than a minute. Here's how:
|1. There is a pit in the middle of the mango, and you'll want to avoid it. Using a knife, slice the two meaty "cheeks" off the side of the mango. If you prefer, you can stop here and eat the flesh out of the skin with a spoon.|
|2. Place the mango halves flesh side up, and using your knife make a series of criss-cross cuts across the flesh. Make sure you don't cut through the skin of the mango as it won't be eaten and it will be difficult to remove from the small pieces of flesh.|
|3. You can eat the chunks of mango right out of the skin if you'd like, but for a less messy approach we recommend using a small knife to separate the chunks of mango from the skin, and eat them out of a cup or bowl using a spoon. Once the chunks are removed, you can also add them to a salad or salsa or use them for cooking.|
That's it, your mango is ready to enjoy! I hope this information has been helpful, and I hope you love this fruit as much as we do here at FruitRevival.
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