Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Ingredient of the Day: Mangos

Lately, it seems that mangos are following me everywhere I go. This beautiful fruit is completely delectable. As a youngster, I found it strange and uncomfortable in my mouth, but over time I grew to love it. Now I appreciate the delightful tingle my tastebuds experience when I bite into a ripe piece.

You’re right. This fruit doesn't seem like it would go with chicken. Except for the fact that mangos make a terrific salsa for chicken when combined with the right ingredients. And, I have recently learned from a five year-old that if you cut a mango a certain way it is called a “hedgehog” – I suppose because it looks like one. Check out the picture to see what I mean.

Mangos are so juicy and mouthwatering that when you eat this delicious fruit the juices literally drip from your mouth. What a delightful change from your standard apple. Tropical, tangy and sweet, mangos are an excellent source of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Extremely versatile, they work great in anything from salsas to desserts.

Happy Cooking!