Mango Mania

All of a sudden The VIRGINIA SHOPPER is finding great big bins of MANGOS in all the super chain grocery stores!  There was a time, not so long ago, when folks “up north” didn’t even know what a mango was, much less how to eat one.

That goes for PAPAYAS too and a range of other tropical fruits. Ever hear of a SAPODILLA? If you find a place to buy sapodillas, please tell The VIRGINIA SHOPPER where!  It’s rare now, but we had a tree in our back yard in Florida and the fruit was sweeter than any candy.   Did you know that fruits are on the Weight Watchers’ o.k. list of things to fill you up when you feel like devouring that whole package of chocolate covered macaroons you stored away for company?

But I digress.   If you haven’t tried a fresh Mango, it’s worth the effort.  It may be slightly messy, but once you get the hang of it, delicious.   The taste is a cross between a peach and something else -some other indefinable delectable fruit that’s very juicy.  It will come to me later maybe.

How to cut a Mango?  Well it’s an elongated fruit and in the center is a large, flat, inedible elongated pit (almost the length of the fruit).  Lay the mango on its’ edge (so if you let go it will fall down) and slice lengthwise on one side along the pit you are trying to imagine inside.   Now slice lengthwise on the other side of the imaginary pit.  Don’t worry about the center for now.

You will have 2 good sized slices of mango with the majority of “meat” and you can slice those slices lengthwise too.  And if you love it, you can also remove the skin from around the center and have at it.   My advice is to enjoy the center when no one else is watching and do it over the sink!  Oh Oh Oh!  It has come to me that a Mango tastes something like a beautifully subtle mixture of peach, pineapple and apricot!  Yum!   Word of Caution:  Some folks are allergic to the skin of the mango, so don’t eat the skin.

And if you’re interested, Mangos are not only delicious, they’re healthful too.  The VIRGINIA SHOPPER did a little research and found that they are very low in Saturated Fat, Cholesterol and Sodium.  They are also a good source of Dietary Fiber, Vitamin B6, Vitamin A and Vitamin C.   They are often used in gourmet cooking for things like salsas and salads.   And of course, Virginia Born and Bred carries a mango salsa!  It’s in their Grand Gourmet Salsa Collection.

‘TIL WE MEET AGAIN….    The VIRGINIA SHOPPER

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