• An excellent source of beta carotene and vitamin C
  • Low in calories, high in fiber

Mangoes used to be regarded as a somewhat exotic. Fruit in North america, however, as more of the fruit is grown in florida, California, and Hawaii, or imported from Mexico and Central America, mangoes are becoming increasing popula. The soft, juicy flesh or a ripe mango makes it difficult to peel and nessy to eat, but those who persevere say it's  worth the effort (see "How to Eat a Mongo." right).

Mangoes are considered a comfort food in many parts of the world, They contain an enzyme with digestive properties similar to papain found in papayas-- which also makes them a very good tenderizing agent.


Some mango lovers advise eating the ripe fruit in the shower, where you can enjoy it without worrying about the juice running down your chin and onto your clothes, Here's a more practical approach,. Make two vertical slices--one on each side of the pit--and use a sharp paring knife to remove one half of the fruit from the large seed.  You can then cut the flesh into slices and remove the peel form each slice. one by one. Then cut around the pit of the remaining half, and again, slice and peel the fruit.