Mango Madness Plus $75 Whole Foods Gift Card Giveaway! *Closed*

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Congratulations to winner Cristin!

I ate my first ever mango at Whole Foods last week.  Yes, I am 30 (well, something) and just tried a mango.  Sad, I know.

Whole Foods has a big Mango Promo going on right now, so I went up to my local Whole Foods Market and learned all about this delicious fruit.  Whole Foods currently has 2 varieties of mangoes in-stock, but there are actually 6 different varieties that you can find throughout the year.

Champagne Mangoes

Champagne Mangoes (also called yellow, Ataulfo, manila and honey)  are my favorite.  Locally, these mangoes can be found in-store March and April.  Champagne mangoes are small, yellow, super sweet and lack the fibers found in other varieties.   The sweet flavor and lack of fibers is actually why I preferred this type.

So how do you select the best champagne mango?  These mangoes are ripe when they are a darker yellow and have a bit of “give” when you test the firmness.   These mangoes may also look a but wrinkled when fully ripe, so don’t let that deter you.  It’s also likely to have some imperfections in the skin.  I’m not saying a smooshy dark spot is okay, just note that the skin won’t be a perfect yellow color.  The mango I tasted has some brown staining, if you will, but was perfectly fine inside. You can see examples in the image above.

*Note – this isn’t organic.  Look for a similar organic variety called the Francique Mango coming soon.

Kent Mangoes

Kent Mango is the 2nd type of mango I tasted.  This is the variety I’m used to seeing in stores and it is an organic, Whole Trade variety.  The Kent mango isn’t as sweet as the champagne variety.  It’s more sweet instead of super sweet (if that makes sense.)  These come in a variety of colors that doesn’t dictate ripeness. However, you’ll see more yellow undertones as the mango ripens.

Look for Kent mangoes with a broad “shoulder” on the top.  It should also have a lot of “give” when tested (gently!) for firmness.    These mangoes have a bit more fibers in them, but the flesh is still tender.

I learned another mango tip that you should know – don’t refrigerate mangoes!  Glad I was told this or I would have thrown it in the fridge as soon as I got home!

I also learned an interesting fact about the Whole Trade mangoes.  If the farmer sells the tree for charcoal, he/she will make approximately $38 one time.  Selling the fruit on the tree to a middle man will yield $15 annually, but selling the fruit to a Whole Trade group nets $75 annually.  That is a huge difference!

Taste Test:

I wanted to know which variety of mango my family preferred – Champagne or Kent.  I’ve already mentioned that I prefer the champagne.   LuLu and hubby also preferred the champagne.  Monkey said he liked both equally.  Monkey’s friend was over during the taste test and he agreed with the other family members that champagne is the best.  We have a clear winner!  That is not to say that the kids didn’t eat all the mango I had cut on the table, including the Kent!  Which variety do you prefer?

Recipes:

Whole Foods Market has a ton of mango recipes available for you to try.  I haven’t made any yet as our mangoes didn’t last long enough – the kids attacked them!  I also used the remaining (very small) amount in my morning smoothie.

Make sure you also see all for the Whole Foods Market Sales here before you head to the store to purchase your mangoes!

The Giveaway

Want to win a Whole Foods Gift Card to try mangoes yourself?  One (1) winner will receive a $75 Whole Foods Gift Card!

The winners will be selected at random.  The winners will be contacted via email after the close of the giveaway. The winners will have 24 hours to respond to my email or a new winner will be selected. Entry for this giveaway will close on April 1st at 8pm EST.

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Leave a comment here telling me your favorite mango recipe (you can also select one HERE.)

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Disclosure:  I received a Whole Foods Gift Card to facilitate this post.  No other compensation was received.  All opinions are 100% my own and may differ from others.


Comments

    • says

      I ate my first mango when I was a toddler in Jamaica my mother tells me I was covered in mango juice hair face etc. !! I have since been fortunate to live all over the world as a nurse including Saudi Arabia England China America Asia I love whole foods but the best mangoes in the world are Jamaican e.g. number eleven, black mango ,common mango ,I can visit every few years to scuba dive and eat basket full of mangoes in the meantime I look forward to whole food yellow mangoes!!

  1. Rosie says

    My favorite mango recipe is to make a pie with it. Not the usual, but you buzz mango and some yogurt in the food processor. Then whip up more yogurt (a good quality vanilla is best) along with a little sugar, and mix in the first mango. Put it in a pre-baked pie shell (graham cracker or regular). Use the ripest, juiciest mangoes you can get. I fell in love with mangoes when in a warmer climate and would fill up the basket on my bicycle with ripe mangoes.

  2. Sonya B. says

    I follow Coupon Challenge on Twitter and Pinterest.

    I would like to truths Flank Steak Fajitasw / Mango Chimichurri.

  3. Laura Olinger says

    I ate my first mango fresh off the tree in Honduras. There, they begin to be in season in April, and it is so hard to wait for when they are ready to be picked right off the tree. Although my favorite way is still to slice into a fresh one, I also like to make a smoothie out of mango, banana and orange juice.

  4. Ruth says

    I ate my first mango as a toddler. In Florida we had mango trees. I like all varieties, no, I LOVE, all varieties of mango. But this contest is too hard for just $75.

  5. Jessica Ludwig says

    I like the recipe for mango aqua fresca! Now all we need is some warm weather to enjoy with this drink!

  6. Joselyn Parada says

    I love mangoes in my Shakeology meal replacement shakes. They are also wonderful in seafood dishes and in sorbet.

  7. Elle says

    My favorite mango recipe is for fresh mango marinade. It looks delicious and would compliment a lot of foods.

  8. Denise L says

    We normally just eat them as mangoes…boring, I know. The mango fresco recipe on WF site sounds great. Might try that next time we get mangoes!

  9. Rosie says

    I love using Whole Foods recipes – I want to make their Vegan Mango Lassi! You do’t have to be vegan to love some vegan recipes like this one !!

  10. Kathy W says

    Mango Recipe: Mango wrapped in egg roll wrapper. Fry it up and while still hot sprinkle some sugar. Then enjoy!

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