Mangoes are in season and beyond the succulent deliciousness they offer as fruit, they can be incorporated into everyday dishes and still be thoroughly enjoyed.When served with rice, fish or even the much-loved dodo, mangoes are sure to tickle your taste bud with a mix of different flavours. Get creative and don’t limit yourself to just munching on this sumptuous fruit.
To get the best out of mangoes when used as ingredient for cooking, food enthusiast and recipe developer, Angela Davies says, “start with mangos that are ripe but still firm. If you press into the skin, it should give slightly but not feel mushy. You should also be able to smell a faint scent from the mangoes. A very soft mango with an intensely sweet aroma may indicate it’s much too ripe to cut easily, so just eat those or use them in a sauce or puree.” To get the perfect mango dices, without making a mess of the flesh she shares a method where you “slice off a thin strip from the top and bottom of the mango. Then use a vegetable peeler to remove strips of mango skin around the sides. From the top of the mango, you can see the pit. Mango pits are big, but they’re a flat shape and you can slide your knife alongside of it. After slicing off one side, run your knife down the other side of the pit to remove the other half of the flesh in one big piece. If you just want sliced mango, those two pieces will give you perfect slices that can be fanned out on a plate. Now you can simply dice the mango flesh into chunks and use as needed.”
The beauty of mango salsa is in the mix of vibrant colours, aromatic scents and mouth-watering flavours from different fruits and vegetables used. The basic idea is to dice all ingredients used. Your preference for sweet, sour, spicy or salty taste would determine the vegetables or fruits you add to the mango. Some of these include red bell pepper, green bell pepper, scotch bonnet pepper, avocado, parsley, tomato, onion, honey, lime juice, salt, olive oil. Deseed vegetables or fruits, dice, combine all ingredients in a bowl, season with salt and pepper, add olive oil and lime juice, refrigerate and enjoy.