Photo by Alan Lougher
KNOW WHEN A
HATCHER MANGO IS RIPE
The skins of unripe Hatcher
mangoes are green and the mango is hard. The red or pink blush
that some may have is a sunburn and has nothing to do with its
ripeness. Usually, splashes of yellow appear as the mango ripens
but some remain green even when ripe. It is normal for the
mangoes to speckle sometimes when ripe just as bananas do but the best
way to know if they are ripe is to test their firmness. A ripe
mango will have firm flesh that yields when pressed lightly and a
wonderful fruity fragrance.
Mangoes will ripen on a
kitchen counter at room temperature. It is true that they will
ripen quicker if placed in a paper bag but watch them carefully as
they can over-ripen quickly. Once the mangoes are fully ripe
they can be placed in the refrigerator. Don't ever refrigerate
unripe mangoes because the refrigeration stops their natural ripening
EASIEST WAY TO SLICE
A HATCHER MANGO
First slice off the cheeks
vertically on either side of the flat seed. Cup the half in your hand
and with a sharp knife, score the inside. Spoon out the scored pieces,
or push the skin of the mango inwards to make the scored bits pop out,
and slice them off directly. Repeat the same process on the remaining
Now comes the fun part!
There is only one way we have found to make use of the mango remaining
around the seed. Just remove the peel, lean over the sink and eat
what you can. Enjoy!
ALWAYS IN SEASON
Mango pieces may be
eaten immediately (always our choice!) or individually frozen on a
cookie sheet and placed into freezer bags for enjoyment beyond mango
season. They will store in the freezer for 9 to 12 months.
The frozen slices of mangoes are great for milkshakes and smoothies
and gives them a creamy thick texture which is especially delicious.
Remark from first time
Hatcher Mango Hill customer Jim Cornwell
could not believe the
of these Hatcher mangoes!
Best of all there were no "strings" attached!"
For mango recipe ideas, including tips on preserving, drying and
freezing, check out HATCHER's
MANGO THRILLS Recipe Book