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April 20, 2011

Manila Mango Scorpacciata

Famous for their sweet and distinctive flavor it is cultivated mainly in Mexico and also in Florida and some in Arizona. Manilas are a South East Asian type mango that is relatively thin and long and very sweet.  Now in season and they are ripe at their best. Breakfast fruit or dessert, this mango is just perfect.

The manila mangos gets very sweet after a couple of days when purchased still greenish. They are at their ripest best when they start to wrinkle a little like the one at end.
The best way to get the most out of this delectable fruit is to slice it on both sides as close as possible to the single seed in the middle. You can then scoop the flesh easily with a spoon. 
You can also have fun cutting it in cubes if you wish.
With this you can make a refreshing mango smoothie on a warm day. For 2 servings you will need at least 2 cups of cubed really ripe manila mangoes and blend with 2 1/2 cups of cold milk and 4 ice cubes or more. Add sugar to taste if your smoothie is no sweet enough. Top your glass with mango cubes for extra bite.
Here is a popular Thai dessert you can make with the mango. It's called Mango Sticky Rice. One cup of  sweet rice is boiled really soft then mixed with coconut cream and topped with a really ripe mango and extra cream is poured for garnish. The coconut cream is made by boiling 2 cups of thick coconut milk and 4 tablespoons or more of sugar until thick. Mix 3/4 of the cream to the soft rice and set aside. The remaining 1/4 is for garnishing. Every Thai restaurant have a different style of serving it.You can serve this dessert in any way you like too. I choose to put them all together like a cake this way.

Enjoy!

19 comments:

  1. Che belli... la polpa sembra succosa e dolce!

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  2. Ciao Arthur, viene proprio voglia di fare una scorpacciata! Il colore ricorda tanto il sole e l'estate! Ciao a presto...

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  3. Delicious mangoes! I am not a big fan but hubby devours them- But I adore Thai sticky rice with mangoes in fact any visit to a Thai restaurant is incomplete without ordering this- looks luscious!
    US Masala

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  4. I love mango but seldom buy them here as they are tasteless compared to those I've tried in the tropics...

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  5. Thai sticky rice and mango drink looks awesome. i love mango, which is my weakness.

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  6. Realmente delicioso, no conocía esa variedad de mangos, son de un color muy diferente al que se venden aquí, son entre verde y rojizo. Feliz pascua!

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  7. Fantastic flavour, lovely Honey Mango ♥

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  8. complimenti, una vera delizia per il palato!!! :-D bacioni!

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  9. Me gusto mucho la idea del arroz con leche thai... los mangos son deliciosos.

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  10. That photo of the sliced mango just brought me to the tropics. Since it snowed today, I love the idea of being in the tropics.

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  11. Yummy!!....and I love the mango sticky rice,...I could live by only eating it!!.......Abrazotes, Marcela

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  12. Que buena combinación. Me encanta!!
    Un abrazo

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  13. Those mangos look wonderful! Wish I lived in a climate that grew them!

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  14. Lovely photos. Weren't you tempted to create Art from these lovely fruits? Mango is my favourite flavour smoothie. So rare to get ripe mango here in Ireland. I will have to seek out Manila mango next time I'm Stateside.

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  15. Growing-up in south Florida, I can appreciate the sweetness of mangoes which were abundant. I really like this variety of mango. Thank you for sharing.

    Love your blog. I am your new follower.

    Velva

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  16. Buonissimi, io conosco quelli del sud-est asiatico! Mi ricordo che con 1 euro ne compravo 1kg e poi li mangiavo passeggiando! Buona Pasqua caro Michelangelo!

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  17. Arthur! I eat my mangoes in those cubes and whenever I go to Thailand, I always eat the mango sticky rice dessert too! Thank you for showcasing this Asian fruit and dish, you even make me want to eat some now. Fortunately I live in Asia, plus I have a huge mango tree outside my kitchen window! (not in fruiting season now, unfortunately)

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  18. have to agree with you that the dessert is absolutely delicious! hey, i know how to slice up that mango, ha!

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  19. Got a Manila tree in my SoCal front yard... and yes, it's probably the most common backyard mango variety sold in nurseries here too.

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