All about mangos: How to choose, eat and cook with this succulent fruit

here!, Instagram

If you're not already familiar with the names Badami, Chaunsa, Julie, Sindhri, and Alphonso, it's time to get acquainted. With mango season in full swing in the warmer parts of the world, we'll find imports of this creamy, sweet, oblong fruit (like the ones listed) in stores across Canada. And with the season starting in spring, intensifying in May and June, and continuing for many varieties until early fall, we are spoiled for choice for a good portion of the year, with mangos from India, Jamaica, Pakistan, and the Philippines, among others. 

There are countless varieties of mangoes grown around the world, with more than 1,000 varieties cultivated in India alone. Some of the most aromatic ones are the Alphonso (from India) and the Chaunsa and Sindhri (from Pakistan). These mangos are slightly different than the red-green ombre varietal known as the Tommy Atkins, which you find at Canadian grocery stores almost year round. Tommy Atkins ship well, and have a long shelf life, but they lack the floral fragrance and sweet depth of some of the other seasonal imports.

here!, Instagram

So, now that you know what to seek out, here are a few tips for selecting, sourcing, preparing and enjoying fragrant, juicy mangos this summer. 

How to select

The skin of a ripe mango can range from a parrot-green to an apricot-yellow. The colour of the skin of a mango is not necessarily uniform; it will vary depending on the variety. Steer clear of mangos that have bruised or wrinkled skin and are too soft. A ripe mango will be firm, but will give a little when gently pressed. The best way to choose a mango is by trusting your senses: simply smell it. Let the intense fragrance of this sweet and tart fruit be your guide.

Where to find

You can find these oblong beauties adorning the baskets at your local supermarket or Chinese, Indian, Peruvian or Pakistani grocery stores, among others. Over the past few years, new varieties are being imported from India and Pakistan, indicative of the demand and diversity of the growing Canadian population. A box of 4 Chaunsa mangos can set you back $15-20, depending on where in Canada you are. Consider the price reflective of the reward — as soon as you get a hit of that honey and apricot aroma, you will eat your saffron-hued mango in just one sitting. 

How to eat 

Mango skin must be discarded. Cut along the broad side of the fruit, from the stem to the tip, slicing down and along the side of the curved pit. Repeat on both sides. Eat the flesh hand to mouth, or with a spoon. Cut away the rest of the flesh with your knife, or enjoy eating it straight off the pit. Just make sure you have a plate under your chin, as the mango is very succulent and the nectar will drip! 

What to make

The mango is a versatile fruit. Though it is often enjoyed in its natural, raw state, mangos can be prepared in several different ways, as an ingredient for both savoury and sweet dishes. It can be pureed to a pulp, and whirled into a cooling lassi or spooned into your champagne-spiked summer cocktail; it can be thinly sliced and baked into a cardamom-spiced cake; or you can dice it up for a salsa, tossed with shallots, jalapenos and lime, to enjoy alongside your grilled fish. Or try it in my recipe — here! — for a hearty and mostly make-ahead salad you can enjoy all season long.

here!, Instagram

Shayma Owaise Saadat is a Food Writer and Chef. She lives in Toronto with her husband and son. You can follow her culinary journey at or on Instagram.

News Related


The Truth of Rapid Weight Loss: How to Actually Shed Pounds

“Shut up!!”“Don’t be so lazy!!”“What’s wrong with you?” These types of phrases frequently come out of people’s mouths every day. So, is there really anything wrong with saying them? I ... Read more »

How to Start Over and Reboot Your Life When It Seems Too Late

Everyone goes through changes in their lives, whether it be aging, emotional maturing, retirement, parenthood, or entering or leaving a relationship. However, some of us seem to embrace chance better ... Read more »

How to Measure a Goal (With Examples of Measurable Goals)

Everyone sets goals, whether they are measurable goals like completing a project, personal aspirations like traveling the world, or even workplace targets. Unfortunately, setting a goal isn’t enough to get ... Read more »

5 Sleep Therapy Techniques for Better Overall Health And Wellness

While evidence continues to pile up that sleep is the very backbone of mental health, few of the many Americans who are having trouble getting proper shut-eye choose to try ... Read more »

30 Self-Care Habits for a Strong and Healthy Mind, Body and Spirit

I sat in the quiet, cold, white doctor’s office in Sydney, Australia. There was crinkly loud paper under my legs as I waited for my MRI results. I had been ... Read more »

Why Intrinsic Motivation Is So Powerful (And How to Find It)

Motivation is one of the main reasons we do things — take an action, go to work (and sometimes overwork ourselves), create goals, exercise our willpower. There are two main, ... Read more »

13 Best Energy Boosting Foods to Help You Stay Sharp All Day

Do you find you need a “pick-me-up” in the middle of the day? Or maybe your energy wanes just before it’s time to leave work? In these instances, energy foods ... Read more »

How to Set Goals in Life to Achieve the Success You Want

If you Google “goals in life”, you’ll get almost 3 billion results. Yes, you read that right. Billion. There’s a good reason why. It’s widely recognized that having clear goals ... Read more »

What Is Observational Learning (And How to Make It Work for You)

Observational learning is the acquisition of knowledge based on another individual’s behavior, thoughts, or emotions. With this type of learning, you may not even realize you have learned something until ... Read more »

8 Simple Ways to Be Mentally Healthy

We all strive to be mentally healthy, no matter who we are or where we are in life. We all want to be happy. We all want to know where ... Read more »

What to Read Next? 30 Inspiring Books That Will Expand Your Mind

As the year 2020 came, new goals and new year’s resolution start to surface, and some chose to read more. But the question lies on what to read next? Last ... Read more »

10 Biggest Fears That Hold You Back from Living Your Best Life

Has your biggest fear ever held you back from doing something that you wanted to do before? For anyone that is trying to be a better person in life, the ... Read more »

How to Use the Theories of Motivation to Keep Yourself Uplifted

Have you ever wondered why you are motivated in some instances and not in others? More importantly, have you considered what effect this has on your life in general? The ... Read more »

How to Use Mind Mapping in Your Everyday Life

Your brain retains a lot of information. All of this information is inter-connected to make sense. Without these links, the information would be jumbled and confused. In other words, your ... Read more »

A Complete Guide to Goal Setting for Personal Success

If there was a rule book of life, there would be one particular page that was highlighted, underlined, and titled as most important. It would be the one which told ... Read more »

Why You Can't Focus and 20 Things You Can Do to Fix It

Concentration is fundamental to how well you manage your day. If you can’t focus, then doing a particular task will result in getting little or nothing done. Have you ever ... Read more »

How to Cure Depression (Professional Advice from a Therapist)

Did you know that most people on anti-depressants are depressed again a year later? And between 2005 and 2015, the number of people living with depression worldwide increased by a ... Read more »

How to Take Personal Responsibility and Stop Blaming Circumstances

Answer this truthfully…are you really living your life? Or are you pretty good at existing, flowing with, and reacting to things as they happen? Better yet, are you steering at ... Read more »

Why You're Not Interested in Anything And Have No Motivation

Let’s clarify something before we move forward: This article is in no way meant to cure, treat, or diagnose depression. Actually, this article isn’t even about depression. Depression is the ... Read more »

12 Ways for Any Slow Learner to Easily Speed Up Learning

Have you ever struggled to learn something? Has it ever taken you longer to figure something out than everyone else? Do you have a mental block when it comes to ... Read more »

Have a Short Attention Span? 15 Ways to Improve It

Technology has done wonders for society. Healthcare, transportation, and communication have also improved dramatically in recent years. However, it’s undeniable that the fast-paced, convenience-oriented mindset of modern society has given ... Read more »

7 Ways to Concentrate Better in a Toxic Work Environment

Many of us have had the misfortune of working in a toxic work environment, where the atmosphere in the workplace is filled with negativity and politics. It’s unpleasant and can ... Read more »

Singaporean chef on how Gordon Ramsay's Hell's Kitchen introduced him to the restaurant industry, his grandmother's cooking and why he loves black truffle

What was your childhood like in Singapore? “My parents were always working so I lived with my grandmother. She cooked every day but was not the best cook. Whenever we ... Read more »

Covid 19: Waikato's largest vaccination clinic opens at The Base shopping centre in Hamilton

Waikato DHB and Waikato-Tainui have opened Waikato’s largest Covid-19 vaccination site at Te Awa, The Base shopping centre, in Te Rapa. The site was chosen for its convenient location, size, ... Read more »

Will lab-grown foie gras satisfy chefs and gourmets? Paris-based start-up is banking on its cultured fatty duck liver

It’s the quintessential French delicacy, but increasingly targeted by animal welfare activists: so can foie gras grown from duck cells find a place at the gourmet’s table? That’s the goal ... Read more »

Lego Masters coming to New Zealand on TVNZ 2 in 2022

New Zealand is about to be hit by a tonne of Lego bricks – more than 2.5 million of them. The hugely popular reality series Lego Masters is heading to ... Read more »

Covid 19 coronavirus: Taranaki travellers from Australia should get tested - Ministry of Health

By RNZ Everyone who has recently arrived from Australia and is now in Taranaki should get tested for Covid-19, even if they don’t have symptoms, the Ministry of Health says. ... Read more »

Kylie Minogue is releasing her own range of sorbet ice cream

Kylie Minogue is launching her own range of sorbet. The Aussie singer has revealed she is set to take on the world of frozen sweet treats with her latest business ... Read more »

Tomatoes use secret weapon to keep insects at bay by leaving an awful taste in their mouth

Tomatoes have a secret weapon to ward off insects — they leave an awful taste in their mouth. The fruit contains an in-built defence mechanism that makes it taste worse ... Read more »

Gold Coast teen gets $20,000 for Doritos chip after it went viral on Tik Tok

A Gold Coast teenager has been given $20,000 after a unique corn chip found in a packet of Doritos went viral on Tik Tok. Rylee Stuart, 13, will be given ... Read more »

Alert: AirPods Pro haven't been this cheap since Prime Day

SAVE $59.01: Typically $249, the AirPods Pro are on sale at Amazon and Walmart for just $189.99 as of July 20 — a 24% savings. If you’ve been waiting to ... Read more »

Pizza worth flying for, pho when he's at home – go-to restaurants for the artistic director of the Hong Kong Ballet

Cuban-American Septime Webre has been the Hong Kong Ballet’s artistic director since 2017. His company’s next show is Alice (In Wonderland) running August 12 to 15 at the Cultural Centre’s ... Read more »

Why Netflix's Kingdom: Ashin of the North special is the ‘most perfect' episode yet – according to director Kim Seong-hun, anyway

Kingdom: Ashin of the North, the special episode of Netflix’s record-breaking smash-hit original series Kingdom, is finally ready to be released on the platform on Friday. Kingdom stars Kim Seong-hun ... Read more »

How much do Instagram influencers really make?

The average influencer makes $31 per hour, but a beauty specialist will earn double that, with $60 per hour. (AFP/Getty Images) The battle for likes is still raging on Instagram. ... Read more »

New Covid-19 cluster at Marina Bay Sands Casino with 11 cases; 2 markets in Clementi and Whampoa to shut

Marina Bay Sands Casino will be closed to all members of the public from July 22 to Aug 5, 2021. SINGAPORE – There are two new Covid-19 clusters at markets ... Read more »

W.H.I.P Patisserie whipping up a treat with vegan pastries

Making vegan French patisserie — a cuisine renowned for its extensive use of dairy and eggs — might sound impossible. But French-born, Osborne Park residents Cedric Manile and Laura Allieres ... Read more »

Be proactive and stay connected in the era of hybrid work, says Logitech regional head of video collaboration

Wiley Zhang shares his thoughts on effective leadership and impactful influence. Read more »

Gland Pharma on track to start production of Sputnik V jabs by November

Gland Pharma | Representative image Gland Pharma, a generic injectable focused pharmaceutical company, said it is on track to begin production of Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccines from October-November. Technology transfer ... Read more »

7 new places to eat in Hong Kong you should try, for Indian street snacks, modern European fare, French roast chicken and more

As the Covid-19 pandemic eases in Hong Kong, there has been a boom in new restaurants opening, ranging from cafes offering takeaway bites to fine-dining establishments. Some of the new ... Read more »

So you want to be a blogger: How to start a blog, buy a domain name, and gain a following in 10 steps

So you want to start a blog and carve out a little corner of the internet to call your own — that’s a pretty brilliant and popular impulse. We as ... Read more »