History and Facts:
The mango is a native of southern Asia, and has been cultivated in India for at least 4,000 years. The mango's skin is leathery and smooth. The outside color ranges from pale yellow to deep orange. A ripe mango is soft to the touch, with a pleasing aroma and has a tropical flavor described as a peach and pineapple combination. Mangoes are extremely juicy when eaten. Mangoes range in length from 3 to 10 inches, and in weight from 10 ounces to three pounds.
Mangoes have 66 calories per 2/3 cup, and are an excellent source of potassium, and vitamins A and C.
Mangoes should be stored at a temperature of 55 degrees fahrenheit, with a relative humidity of 85 to 90 percent. Typical shelf life is 7 to 14 days. Mangoes are susceptible to chilling injury if kept at a temperature lower than recommended.
June through September
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