Marvelous mango facts to enjoy for National Mango Day

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From that morning fruit cup to boosting the flavor in a recipe, National Mango Day is the perfect time to re-think that tropical fruit. These marvelous mango facts will impress everyone around the table with your food knowledge.

The National Mango Board is the source for all things mango. While that tropical fruit has surged in popularity, it may not be surprising to know that mangos are the most popular fruit in the world. Given how those mango trees can grow in a variety of locales, it makes sense.

Although the first trees appeared over 5000 years ago in India, those hearty seeds have traveled around the world. Mango trees can be found in Asia, Africa, South America and North America. Some people even have a tree in their backyard.

While many people enjoy this tropical fruit because of its flavor, it can be more than just a tasty treat. From being a token of friendship to a symbol of love, that fruit might express more than what people realize.

Some tasty recipes to celebrate National Mango Day

Since mangos are so versatile, National Mango Day could be the time to enjoy that tropical fruit flavor at breakfast, lunch and dinner. And, with mangos being available all year round, these food ideas aren’t limited to the summer.

Before deciding on a recipe, the dish has to start with the perfect mango. As many home cooks appreciate, the freshest fruit always brings the best flavor to a dish. Finding a perfectly ripe mango is all about the feel. Even though that rich, red color might be enticing, it isn’t a sign of ripeness.

And, cutting the mango isn’t as difficult as it appears. Although some kitchen essentials have been touted as the ultimate hack, the Mango Board has a simple video tutorial.

With that mango prepped, finding a tasty recipe is easy. While many people love that smoothie or even can make the most luscious creamsicle, the reality is that mangos work well in a savory dish.

For example, mango is amazing in a salsa or relish. Topping some fresh caught fish or served with some tacos is quite satisfying.

And, the culinary adventurous might want to try this Nashville Hot Chicken Sandwich with Mango Relish. The sweetness of the mango balances the spiciness of the chicken. It might not be the traditional pairing, but it is one that people will want to try again and again.

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How are you going to celebrate National Mango Day? What is your favorite mango recipe?