Calories in a mango
There are 50 calories in 1/2 cup of chopped mango weighing 83 grams according to the CDC.
It has a trace of fat, protein, vitamins, and minerals, and 14 grams of carbohydrates of which 12 are sugars. As with other fruit, there is no cholesterol.
Ripe mangos are different colors
Since this is a favorite fruit throughout the world, there are over 1000 varieties, each with a different color and taste when ripe.
So, you may choose green, yellow, orange, or red ones in a variety of shapes and sizes.
Your best mango will be plump and firm, but yielding to a gentle squeeze. Regardless of the variety and color, a ripe one will have a rich fruity fragrance.
They will store at room temperature (not the refrigerator) for up to two weeks.
How to cut mangos
The problem with peeling this fruit is that it is very juicy and has a large clinging pit.
An easy way to remove the peel is to cut off both ends and place on a flat surface. Cut away the peel from top to bottom.
Then place in a bowl to capture the flavorful juice and slice the flesh off the pit in strips or small squares (using both vertical and horizonal cuts).
Most people can eat the skin but a few have shown some allergies to the unripe skins.
People eat them fresh for the delicious taste.
However, if you have too many, you may add them to fruit salad, sauces, curry or other rice dishes, make pickles, jams, chutneys, smoothies, ice cream, puddings, or dry the pieces for trail mix.
The variety you choose is important for different flavors and textures, but only if you are eating them raw.
If you are cooking, freezing, or drying them, the textural and flavor differences may be lost, so you can use the most available cultivar (Kansas State University results published in Journal of Food Science, October 2012).
Originating in India, this tree (Mangifera indica) is grown in tropical and subtropical climates around the world. Check your local agricultural research centers (National Plant Germplasm System in US) for new cultivars in those regions.
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