Mango Fruit Facts
What is it?
Mango is native to southern Asia, specifically Burma and eastern India. It is currently cultivated worldwide in subtropical and tropical regions. The fruits are 2 to 9 inches long. They are kidney, oval, or round in shape and weigh between 8 and 24 ounces. The skin is smooth yet leathery. Mango fruit matures 100 to 150 days after flowering. The flavor is best when the fruit is allowed to ripen on the tree. Upon ripening, the fruit varies in color according to species. It can appear pale green or yellow with marks of reddish coloring.
What is so good about it?
Mango has a delicate tropical flavor. Its flesh is extremely juicy and somewhat fibrous, closely resembling a peach. The flavor profile is a combination of orange, peach, and melon. It blends very well with other fruit juices including passion fruit, strawberry, banana, and coconut. One of the major advantages of mango is the diversity it provides in terms of its ability to blend well with most ingredients while still carrying the exotic flavor notes of the fruit itself. From a nutritional perspective, 1 cup (251 g) of mango nectar is an excellent source of vitamins A and C.
How to use it
Mango is one of the most commonly consumed tropical fruits and generally recognized as the "apple of the tropics". Its exotic flavor profile and tropical taste is appealing in both sweet and savory applications. It can be incorporated in juice blends, nectars, frozen desserts, smoothies, cocktails, salad dressings, sauces, and marinades. Mango culinary applications are endless. Imagine grilled chicken topped with mango barbecue sauce or mango hot sauce; mango salsa atop fresh fish tacos. Picture mango raspberry sorbet, mango cheesecake, lychee-mango martinis, and mango-banana oatmeal muffins. The fruit's versatility makes it the perfect ingredient in any dish.
What iTi offers
iTi supplies mango puree and mango concentrates. Varieties available among others are Tommy, Alphonso, Chato, and Totapuri. The products are 100% natural, GMO free, and produced from fresh, ripe, carefully selected fruit. They do not contain any artificial color, flavors, or preservatives. They are processed in FDA registered facilities which are HACCP and Kosher-certified. Organic mango puree is also available.