Australian Mangoes – A true symbol of the Australian summer, the mango is synonymous with fun at the beach, backyard BBQs with friends and family, and memories of messy faces with mango juice running down them. With the season in full swing, here are 17 Bright Ideas on what to do with your delicious mangoes over the next few weeks. Alongside some great recipes and tips for choosing the perfect mango, we’ve included some interesting facts about the Aussie king of fruit too.
Full of goodness – Australian mangoes are high in energy, low in fat, and are a great source of calcium and vitamins essential for good health.
Vitamin A & C – A 200g serve of ripe mango provides you with up to three times your recommended daily intake of Vitamin A and Vitamin C.
Great for desserts – The natural sweet flavour and plump texture of mangoes make them ideal healthy additions to desserts. Try baking these mango and coconut crumble muffins.
Pick your season – Australian mango season runs from September through to March.
I’m popular – Mangoes are Australia’s most popular seasonal fruit, with Aussies eating their way through 110 million mangoes every year!
Low in Kilojoules – Half a mango contains only 248kj (60 calories).
Low in GI – Because Australian mangoes are low in GI, most of their energy comes from carbohydrate, which is absorbed slowly into the body. This helps you maintain healthy blood sugar levels, and keeps you satisfied for longer.
I can be savoury too – Australian mangoes are an incredibly versatile fruit, and also make great ingredients to savoury dishes too. Experiment with this mango chicken and steamed bok choy recipe.
Raw or Cooked? – Along with tasting delicious in both sweet and savoury dishes, mangoes are hugely versatile and taste delicious either raw or cooked. Check out this great recipe for mango and strawberry kebabs with lime and honey.
Get your beta-carotene from mangos – Australian mangoes provide more beta-carotene than any other fruit and are a rich source of potassium. Beta-carotene is a powerful anti-oxidant that can help protect the body against disease and fight the signs of ageing by assisting with the growth and repair of cells, tissues and skin.
How to pick the perfect mango – A ripe, fresh mango should have a fragrant tropical and fruity aroma, a full colour and will give slightly to the touch.
Get ripe faster – If your Australian mangoes aren’t quite ready, you can speed up the ripening process at home by placing mangos in a paper bag at room temperature. Once ripe, mangos can be moved to the refrigerator to slow down ripening for several days.
A long history – Mangoes have been around for at least 5,000 years and are from the same botanical family as cashews.
There are more than 1,000 varieties of mangoes across the world – In Australia these include Kensington Pride (also known as Bowen), Calypso, R2E2, Honey Gold, Keitt, Pearl and Brooks.
Aussies love mangos – 90% of mangoes produced in Australia are consumed in Australia, with 10% used for overseas export.
They love warm weather to grow in – In Australia mangoes are grown in the tropical and sub-tropical regions of the Northern Territory, Queensland, New South Wales and Western Australia.
Mango = Love – The mango is a symbol of love in India, and a basket of mangoes is considered to be a sign of deep friendship.