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Mango Question

juliejulez May 9, 2013 08:51 PM

So I bought some small yellow mangoes (apparently their official name is Ataulfo) at Sprouts today because they were on sale 3/$1. I'm ashamed to say I've never eaten a mango of any variety. I am thinking of making a bbq sauce with mango and pineapple this weekend. The recipe calls to use frozen and then puree them but I'd like to use these fresh ones.

So, my question is, is the taste of yellow mangoes significantly different than the larger more typical mangoes?

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  1. ninrn RE: juliejulez May 9, 2013 08:56 PM

    Not enough to mess up your sauce at all. In fact, I think these will be better. The big red round Indian ones (Alfonso) are much sweeter. These small Mexican ones have a tartness I really like.

    1. ipsedixit RE: juliejulez May 9, 2013 09:00 PM

      I don't think the difference is in the taste but rather the texture of the flesh. Yellow mango flesh is a bit like cantaloupe and not nearly as stringy as your typical American large mangoes.

      1. EWSflash RE: juliejulez May 9, 2013 09:02 PM

        The ataulfos are my absolute favorites. Intense flavor, no stringiness, and a great combination of sweet and tart.

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          scubadoo97 RE: EWSflash May 24, 2013 02:30 PM

          Custard like texture and very floral and sweet.

        2. juliejulez RE: juliejulez May 9, 2013 09:07 PM

          Sweet, thanks everyone. I'm kinda wishing I bought an extra one just to eat!

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            INDIANRIVERFL RE: juliejulez May 10, 2013 05:58 AM

            There are as many types of mangos as there are apples, if not more. Thousands. Living in a mango friendly zone, they will soon be at the curb ready for pickup along with the other yard waste.

            Eat them. If they taste like turpentine, or are very stringy, cook them. If you are allergic to poison ivy, throw them out.

            If yours are long and thin, they are a widely cultivated eating mango. Here in Florida they sometimes go by the name Champagne. Can't remember the Thai name.


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              MrsJonesey RE: INDIANRIVERFL May 10, 2013 05:33 PM

              Say what? Did you mean to say those of us who are allergic to poison ivy shouldn't eat any mangoes? Or only if they taste like turpentine and are stringy? Not trying to be facetious, I truly haven't heard this. And would one break out in hives or what from eating said mango?

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                INDIANRIVERFL RE: MrsJonesey May 11, 2013 05:04 AM

                Poison ivy and I do not get along well. I have an epi pen. Due to finding various other vegetation that I cannot abide here in the sub-tropics.

                I have to be very careful when picking them, as the sap will cause a reaction akin to being burned with acid. Walked under the trees once during a rain and they had the trach kit ready for action at the hospital.

                Luckily, I can handle, skin, and eat them with no problem. A friend of mine is a nurse at the Emergency Room and stated that this reaction is not uncommon. Realise, these are straight off the tree, and not processed as those in the supermarket.

                The Space Coast use to be famous for the mango groves between the Banana and Indian Rivers. Now huge riverfront houses. One of which use to be mine. With mango trees that produced fruit I have never seen in any American market.

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                  MrsJonesey RE: INDIANRIVERFL May 11, 2013 06:55 AM

                  Thanks for clarifying. That is great that you can at least eat them. Sorry you are that allergic to the plants. You have been through some scary times, no doubt.

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                    INDIANRIVERFL RE: MrsJonesey May 11, 2013 01:30 PM

                    Plants are nothing. I live on a boat. Been hit by lightning 5 times so far. Great sashimi though.

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                  chowser RE: MrsJonesey May 14, 2013 12:42 PM

                  Mangoes, poison ivy (as well as cashews and pistachios) have urushiol oil which many people are allergic to. They're all in the same plant family. It's found in the skin of cashews, mangoes and pistachios so it's possible to harvest the fruit w/out spreading the oils but harder in some situations. But, there could be reasons why you'd only react to poison ivy (maybe quantity) and not the others. My daughter is allergic to cashews and pistachios and we keep her away from mangoes because that's not something they regularly test on kids. It could be just breaking out in hives or could cause gastrointestinal distress or could be anaphylactic. My daughter projectile vomits, after having a severe stomach-ache,

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                OhioHound RE: juliejulez May 10, 2013 12:12 PM

                This is my favorite type of mango!.. Especially because they are usually the ones on sale. Let them get nice and ripe so they are sweeter.
                They will go wonderfully in your bbq sauce I believe.

                1. Chemicalkinetics RE: juliejulez May 10, 2013 06:53 PM

                  Man, these are really good mango. I think it is a waste to make sauce with them, considering you would love their tastes and texture. Anyway, no, you may not notice a huge difference in taste. I do find these mangoes to be slightly sweeter.

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                    ohmyyum RE: juliejulez May 10, 2013 07:39 PM

                    The ataulfo aka champagne mangoes are my favorite! You are so lucky they are available so inexpensively-- they are usually $1.49 each here, although occasionally you can find them at the Mexican grocers for $0.89. Anyway, I find them to be much smoother and silkier in texture and sweeter, and more floral or tropical in flavor. They would be great in any application you'd use a regular mango but they are so good I would just eat them out of hand.

                    1. westsidegal RE: juliejulez May 11, 2013 04:30 PM

                      imho, the taste of yellow mangos is superior to the taste of the larger, more typical mangos.

                      1. kpaumer RE: juliejulez May 14, 2013 10:57 AM

                        I recently ordered Alfonso mangos straight outta India from Mangozz.com, Delicious! they are similiar to the Ataulfos, but darker in color and IMO sweeter. I gave some to friends but I made black bean & mango salsa, mango bread, and a Mango relish I served with Swordfish. I little pricey, but I wanted to try them, MangoZZ did an excellent job of shipping and all arrived well packaged it took about a week for them to fully ripen.

                        1. MangoGal RE: juliejulez May 29, 2013 12:42 PM

                          The ataulfos (AKA manila, honey, champagne) aren't too much different than Haden or Kent mangoes BUT are noticeably better/superior to Tommy Atkins mangoes, both in flavor & texture. Keitt mangoes are tangier in taste than Ataulfos, but they won't be available until Setember/October. Avoid Tommys; they are stringy & fibrous. Tommys are deceivingly beautiful - see the pic - so are a tempting choice. Stick with the Ataulfos, Kents, Keitts, Hadens. Hadens & Kents & Tommys can look similar, so do ask your produce gal/guy for help.

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