These yellow yummies arrived on my doorstep today! Ten dozen Alphonso mangos to be shared amongst a bunch of neighbours. Just another one of the fabulous benefits of living in the tropics! Mango smoothies, mango salad, mango salsa, mango chutney, mango lassi, or just chopped and eaten as is…..lots of options, each one as delicious as the next. Alphonso mangos, known as the King of Mangos because of their exquisite sweet taste, come from India and are only in season from the end of April to the end of June.
But these delights are not only divine to the taste buds, they also pack quite the nutritional punch. Like most fruit and vegetables, mangos are fibre-rich, fat-free and relatively low in calories. Of course they contain sugars, which give their sweet taste. However, when naturally occurring sugars are eaten in their whole natural and unprocessed state, the fibre matrix of the fruit slows down the absorption of the sugars, so they do not cause a surge in blood glucose level and insulin production like added sugars or sugar in beverages do. In other words, mango has a low glycemic index. Mangos, like all fruit and vegetables, provide various vitamins and minerals. In particular, mango provides vitamin A (most red, orange and yellow fruits and vegetables do), vitamin C, vitamin E and vitamin B6, as well as potassium, copper and manganese. Each of these nutrients have their roles in keeping our bodies healthy. Many of them are antioxidants which help prevent cell damage, some are involved in haemoglobin production, and others in producing neurotransmitters, to mention but a few of these roles.
All in all, a delicious, healthy addition to anyone’s day! Let’s hear it for the mighty mango! (Let me know if you want Mr Mango’s number!)