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any use for mango pits?

kermit Feb 17, 2010 06:48 AM

I love mangoes and consider it such a shame that there's always some fruit left on the pit despite my best efforts to remove all of it. Have any folks found a use to cook with mango pits to flavor certain dishes (similar to using the rind from a parmesan slab to flavor soups)? Thanks in advance!

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    just_M Feb 17, 2010 08:17 AM

    I use mine when brewing iced tea or for punch type things like sangria or homemade margarita mix. I keep extras in the freezer.

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    1. re: just_M
      kermit Feb 17, 2010 06:45 PM

      just_M, what a great idea! I'd never considered that before. I'm definitely going to freeze the pits and will look forward to slipping them into drink pitchers once the weather warms up a bit. Thanks for the idea!

      1. re: kermit
        just_M Feb 17, 2010 06:55 PM

        I forgot to mention they tend to darken in the freezer but the tea is addictive. Of course now I'm wondering since you said "cook" if they could be boiled/simmered in water to make a mango simple syrup. Have fun M

      2. re: just_M
        eight_inch_pestle Feb 17, 2010 07:35 PM

        Oh, are you ever clever.

      3. PBSF Feb 17, 2010 07:35 PM

        Just stand over a sink and eat the leftover flesh from the pit, a reward for the cook.

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          Cheese Boy Feb 17, 2010 08:20 PM

          And then have a few toothpicks handy afterwards. You're gonna need them.

        2. AndrewK512 Feb 17, 2010 09:26 PM

          I've never tried it, but I once saw Jamie Oliver simmer the mango pit in a tamarind chutney.

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