Have you ever noticed that stores seem to have similar items on sale at the same time? You are not imagining this. Some items go on sale seasonally or at specific times of the year. Each week we will highlight items to watch for at their lowest prices to add to your stockpile. Along the way we will also give you tips and hints on how to store foods and arrange them so you always know what you have.
This week’s theme… Mangoes!
(And June is Mango Month! -Who knew!?!)
Have you noticed the price of Mangoes drop recently?
It’s Mango Season!
Now is the time to stock up on this delicious and nutritious fruit!
Buying produce during it’s growing season will not only get you the freshest produce available, but it will also be at the lowest price.
We all know that fresh fruit is good for you! But just how good are Mangoes for you? Here’s the “411″ on this favorite summer fruit:
- One cup of mangoes is just 100 calories!
- One serving of mangoes provides 100% of your daily Vitamin C and 35% of your Vitamin A!
- Mangoes provide 12% of your daily dietary fiber.
- Mangoes contain over 20 different vitamins and minerals.
- Each serving of mango is fat free, sodium free and cholesterol free.
Now that’s some good eatin’!
Don’t know much about Mangoes?
- How do you know when a Mango is ripe?
- Don’t judge by color. It is not the best indicator of ripeness.
- If you squeeze the mango gently it will give slightly.
- Mangoes will become softer as they ripen.
- How do you store a Mango?
- Mangoes should be stored at room temperature until they are ripe.
- Once it is ripe, they should be moved to the refrigerator. This will slow down the ripening process. Whole mangoes can be stored in the refrigerator for up to five days.
- Mangoes may be peeled, cubed and placed in an airtight container in the refrigerator for several days or in the freezer for up to six months.
- Go HERE to learn how to cut one!
- Learn how to can mangoes HERE, freeze HERE or how about making some Mango-Raspberry Jam HERE.
So now what do you do with all this Mango knowledge? Make a delicious and nutritious treat!
Have your kids help you make this Mango Lassi! This drink originated in India where the Mango comes from! (Think Science, Geography and Cooking lesson rolled up in one!)
- 2 cups ripe mango, chopped
- Pinch of salt
- 1 cup chilled whole milk
- 1 cup whole-milk plain yogurt
- 2 to 3 teaspoons sugar, optional
- 1. If mango has stringy fibers, push through a nylon sieve with the back of a spoon. The remaining mango should not contain any stringy pulp. Refrigerate until cold.
- 2. Combine mango, pinch of salt, milk and yogurt in a blender and puree until smooth. Taste and add sugar to taste. If you would like the lassi a bit colder, add about eight ice cubes to the blender. Can be refrigerated up to 24 hours.
Here’s the latest deals on Mangoes from your favorite stores:
Now that you know what a good price for Mangoes are, you can even check at your local farmers market for great prices as well!