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Mangoes – Ellen's Fruit of the Month

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What are their benefits? Mangoes are very tasty, with a rich sweet flavor and mild tartness. They are an abundant source of vitamins, fiber, minerals and antioxidants. According to new research study, mangoes help to protect against colon, breast, leukemia and prostate cancers. Many people don’t realize that fresh mango is also very rich source of potassium. Potassium in an important component of cell and body fluids that helps controlling heart rate and blood pressure.

How should I pick my mangoes? Un-ripe mangoes are green and turn into a orange-red or bright yellow when they are ripe. Luckily, fresh mango season started in May.

How should I store them? If they are unripe, they can be kept at room temperature for a few days until ripened. Ripen ones should be stored in the refrigerator. Bring them back to normal temperature when you are ready to eat them in order to get the natural taste and flavor.

Featured Recipe: Banana-Mango smoothie
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Photo: William Dickey; Styling: Margaret Dickey

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To learn more about mangoes, check here: http://www.nutrition-and-you.com/mango-fruit.html

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