I can’t believe that it’s almost two weeks since my Camp Blogaway weekend, and I still haven’t found the time to write a recap about everything I learned while there. I am a rather quiet wallflower when it comes to big events. I tend to gravitate to what is comfortable: people I know, situations that don’t require me to put myself out there for public stoning… you know what I mean. That’s why I really enjoy this small casual setting of about 120 bloggers, sponsors and speakers.
One of our sponsors that weekend were the great folks from the Mango Board. Mangos are adored, worshipped and devoured relentlessly in my house. It is one of those fruits that is loved by all five of us, kids and adults. And if you have a family, you know how hard it is to find something that everyone agrees on.
(Carolyn from All Day I Dream About Food learning about how to cut a mango)
I already knew about how nutritious mangos are, so here are some amazing facts I want to share with you about the mango (provided by the Mango Board):
- One serving of mangos provides 100% of your daily vitamin C and 35% of your vitamin A.
- Mangos provide 12% of your daily dietary fiber.
- Mangos contain over 20 different vitamins and minerals.
- One cup of mangos is just 100 calories and it is fat free, sodium free and cholesterol free.
One of the key things I learned about the mango, my light bulb moment, was that the color of the mango’s skin does not tell you if a mango is ripe or not. You can have a ripe, green mango and it tastes the same as a red-skinned ripe mango.
(Desserts made by the Mango Board using unripe, ripe & over-ripe mangos)
We also learned about how you can use an “unripe” mango in your cooking and baking, as well as the ripe ones. The sweetness of the mango intensifies the riper it gets, but a hard mango is just as edible as a soft one.
Not only did we consume massive quantities of mangos while at Camp Blogaway, I went home with 3-4 mangos for my kids to enjoy. Plus, the nice folks from the Mango Board sent all of us a goody box containing both the Tommy Atkins mango (the red-green mango most of us know), as well as the smaller golden Ataulfo mango.
Mango Madness hit my house. Big time.
The kids ate them their favorite way, straight up, dripping down their chins.
I made scones with them.
I added them to my stir fry, adapting Just One Cookbook’s delicious teriyaki sauce. (sorry for bad picture – dinner time is a bit hectic and no one was willing to wait for me to take set up and take a lovely picture!)
I used mangos in my coleslaw.
I made myself a happy smoothie with rum. Yes, rum, so what?!
Then the kids got jealous, so I made them their own mango smoothie.
And sorbets are always a big favorite in our house.
(Mango Sorbet – without an ice cream machine!)
Alas, my mangos are all eaten. But, lucky for us, it’s mango season and we can find them at the grocery store – and typically on sale, too!
What’s your favorite way to eat a mango?
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Disclosure: Yes, the Mango Board sent me a box of mangos to savour & enjoy, but the opinions I expressed in this post are 100% all mine. My family and I have been in love mangos long before I met the Mango Board!