Mango

The evergreen mango tree can reach a height of up to 45 meters. There are over 1000 varieties of mangoes. The shape, size and taste are very different. Some are as large as a plum while other varieties can weigh up to two pounds each. The fruit’s skin colour, depending on the variety, can range from green to yellow, or from orange to red. Therefore, the skin colour is essential in providing information about the fruit’s ripeness. Green coloured mangoes can also be a sign of maturity.

Your sense of touch and sense of smell are a great help when buying mangoes. A ripe mango yields to light finger pressure and smells fruity and aromatic. Mangoes are among the fruits that can continue ripening after being picked. Hard fruits ripen after a few days at room temperature. Depending on the variety and ripeness, some fruits can have soapy taste due to their turpentine content.  The mango is one of the fruits that contain the most beta carotene. Already 100 grams of mango provides the daily requirements of beta carotene. It also provides B vitamins, vitamin E and folic acid.

Season: Year round (imported produce)

Nutritional Value: Mango – Swiss food composition database

 

Did you know...?

Mangoes produce the fruit ripening ethylene gas. So, they should not be stored together with vegetables and fruit that can continue to ripen.

1 portion a day corresponds to:

½ mango