The Great Australian Mango

on Friday, 19 November 2010. Posted in Organic Living

The Great Australian Mango

Queensland, beautiful one day, gorgeous the next........ Summer is here and so is the delicious flavour of the Great Australian Mango.   There are so many tasty varieties to enjoy, mangoes are quick and easy to prepare and are bursting with fresh nutritional goodness.   Mangoes can be enjoyed on their own, in a delicious summer salad, with chicken, with prawns, in cocktails, smoothies and sweet desserts, the possibilities are endless with this extremely versatile refreshing little fruit!

Queensland, beautiful one day, gorgeous the next........ Summer is here and so is the delicious flavour of the Great Australian Mango.   There are so many tasty varieties to enjoy, mangoes are quick and easy to prepare and are bursting with fresh nutritional goodness.   Mangoes can be enjoyed on their own, in a delicious summer salad, with chicken, with prawns, in cocktails, smoothies and sweet desserts, the possibilities are endless with this extremely versatile refreshing little fruit!

 

Queensland is Australia’s largest harvest of mangoes, with the three main varieties being Kensington Pride, Calypso and R2E2.  Queensland Mangoes harvest from our dry tropical regions and the first production begins in mid November.  From now and right through the summer season consumers will be spoilt with this irresistible fresh fruit.  Of this beautiful fresh fruit, 90% of all Australian crops are sold to the Australian domestic market.  We Aussies sure do love our mangoes!

 

Market Stalls and grocer’s shelves everywhere are filling up with the sweet, fragrant scent of the great Australian Mango. So how do you buy a mango?  Sounds like a silly questions doesn’t it?  But there is an art to making sure you get the best quality fruit.  You simply use your nose!  A ripe fresh mango should have a tropical fruity aroma, a full colour and will be slightly soft to the touch.  You should never buy soft or bruised mangoes and a mango with no aroma at all could have a slight chemical taste if eaten raw.  Completely green mangoes may never ripen so steer clear of those too.

 

So you have found and purchased the perfect mango, how should you store this little beauty?  Here are a few tips:-

  • If not quite ripe a mango can be stored at room temperature (approx 22 degrees Celsius) and out of the sun for a couple of days
  • Once ripe a mango can be kept in the refrigerator for up to a week
  • Mangoes need air so never store in plastic bags
  • Mangoes can be frozen and enjoyed later

 

You will find a number of fantastic traders at the Noosa Farmers Market selling delicious mangoes for you to enjoy.  Visit the following stalls and chat to the farmers about their mangoes and even ask for a demonstration of the perfect way to prepare your mango!

 

  • The Mango Shack
  • Mangoes from our Farm
  • Newman Asparagus and Mangoes

 

ENJOY!!!!!!!

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