Mango is a tropical fruit and a National fruit in India, AKA "king of fruits". They are a type of fruit that can be eaten raw or cooked. Do you remember the famous aam Panna and mango lassi? If you wonder what flavors can be mixed up then this post will show you what all flavors go well with mango.
In this article, we'll find out which foods taste great when paired with them. We will discuss what food groups go well with mango in terms of vegetables, fruits, nuts, herbs, spices, and protein.
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What Do Mango Tastes Like
There are many varieties of mangoes in the world, but not all have a similar flavor profile. Varieties that we consume here in the USA are Ataulfo/Champagne, Francis, Haden, Keitt, Kent, Tommy Atkins, and Alphonse/Alphonso coming from different places like Mexico, Ecuador, Peru, Brazil, Guatemala, and Haiti. Since they are grown and harvested at different timings meaning we enjoy all these types of mangoes all throughout the year.
There is no one answer to the question what does the mango taste like? Ripe mango tends to be sweeter and softer than unripe ones. It has a tropical flavor similar to pineapple and peach. You may find some varieties tend to be sweeter than others. Mangoes are also fibrous and stringy; again depending on the variety.
Unripe mangoes are crunchy and tart, often used in making salads, and savory recipes like mango relish, aam Panna, and pickle.
Mango is a low-calorie fruit yet high in nutrients. It provides vitamin C that helps in iron absorption and is a good source of minerals and folate. You can check how to cut mango, how to choose, and how to cook with them with tips & tricks.
What Flavors Goes Well With Mango
Mango is one of the delicious fruits that can be eaten all by itself or in salads, smoothies, lassi, cakes, and so much more.
Let's see what are the food groups you can pair well with mangoes.
Fruits and Vegetables
Apple, apricot, avocado, banana, coconut, cucumber, ginger, lime, lemon, orange, nectarine, peach, pineapple, pomegranate, raspberry, rhubarb, blueberry, strawberry, grapefruit, kiwi, kumquat, papaya, passionfruit, bell peppers, cabbage, cauliflower, dragon fruit, tomatoes, garlic, red onions, jicama, scallions, eggplant, feijoa, jalapeno, guava, lychee, spinach, blackberry
Almond, cashews, pistachio, macadamia, peanut
Herbs and Spices
Cardamom, chili, coriander/cilantro, cumin, mint, basil, lemongrass, anise, cinnamon, clove, asafoetida, fenugreek, garam masala, oregano, chipotle, Chinese 5 spice, nutmeg, black pepper, white pepper, saffron, salt, chives, cayenne
Protein and Dairy
Crab, pork, prawn, beans, oats, quinoa, fish, lamb, lobster, mackerel, salmon, tuna, prosciutto, milk, buttermilk, Greek yogurt, soft cheese, cream cheese, crème fraîche, mascarpone, kefir, chicken, duck, fava bean, mozzarella
Rum, sesame, vanilla, sugar, brown sugar, honey, maple syrup, agave syrup, vinegar (red wine & balsamic), rice, Champagne, Kirsch, orange liqueurs, sake, vodka, caramel, tamarind, Amaretto
Frequently Asked Questions
Cucumber, ginger, lime, lemon, rhubarb, bell peppers, cabbage, cauliflower, tomatoes, garlic, red onions, jicama, scallions, cayenne, eggplant, jalapeno, spinach are some of the vegetables that pair well with this delicious fruit.
Cardamom, chili, cumin, anise, cinnamon, clove, asafoetida, fenugreek, garam masala, Chinese 5 spice, nutmeg, black pepper, white pepper, saffron, salt are the spices that go well with ripe or unripe mangoes.
Almond, cashews, pistachio, macadamia, peanuts are the nuts that pair well with it.
For the smoothie, you can pair up with any of these food items- apple, apricot, avocado, banana, coconut, cucumber, ginger, lime, lemon, orange, nectarine, peach, pineapple, pomegranate, raspberry, blueberry, strawberry, grapefruit, kiwi, kumquat, papaya, passionfruit, dragon fruit, tomatoes, feijoa, jalapeno, guava, lychee, spinach, and blackberry.
What To Do With Mango
Here are some recipes that show you how you can enjoy them when the fruit is in season.
Mango avocado salad with rice vinegar dressing is so fresh and yummy, you'll want to make it for every meal! Best of all, it is gluten-free, dairy-free, vegetarian, and vegan.
This mango protein smoothie makes a great meal replacement for lunch or breakfast or a post-workout snack. Using fresh fruits this breakfast smoothie is prepared without yogurt or banana and taste just like milkshakes.
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