Yep. A juicy fruit. Sorry, to disappoint.
For years, mangoes were an elusive fruit that I simply never ate. It's not that I never ran across it, but this particular fruit just never made it's way onto my plate.
If that seems surprising, keep in mind that I grew up in the Midwest where apples, peaches and strawberries were the fruit of choice. And I, along with many my age, coveted cartoon-shaped fruit snacks and neon fruit "drinks" rather than the real thing.
What Inspired Me to Try Mango
Fast forward 15-20 years. I'm sitting in a poetry class at UMKC and one of my classmates reads his latest piece, which is centered around eating a mango. The descriptions were vivid, concrete, and sensual.
My female professor seemed half flushed when he finished reciting the poem and my classmates wore smiles. I was intrigued, to say the least.
If a mango was that damn good, I needed to try it!
However, my first run-in didn't happen until several years later. Whoops.
When I finally bought a fresh mango and figured out how to cut it properly (thanks, Youtube!), I started eating the leftover fruit that clung to the long, elliptical shaped seed.
Let me tell you, that's the best part! Why?
Because once you start chowing down on it, there's no sharing. It's all yours. Unless you're one of those weird people who shares food with their dog. Like, a lick of your ice cream cone. Ewwwwww.
Let's not think about that. Sorry for the tangent.
How to Make Mango Salsa
Instead, imagine some juicy mango diced into bite sized pieces and mixed with avocado chunks, bits of spicy red onion, spices, cilantro and fresh lime juice.
This mango salsa is so good eaten with a fork, as a dip with chips, or as a topping for cooked meats like salmon, mahi-mahi, chicken, pork carnitas, steak or pork chops.
It's versatile and doesn't require any inactive time to let the flavors marry. It's delicious right out of the gate!
I'd like to hear from YOU!
What's your favorite dish to make with fresh mango?
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