When mangoes are ripe for the picking, you pick them! The sweet juicy goodness that runs down your chin as you bite into a local mango is reminiscent of Australian summer.
Ever thought of putting slices of mango on your face? What about a body scrub of mashed mango, honey and milk? It’s mango season which means that it’s time to make the most of this superfood with it’s high vitamin A content to help unclog pores and make your skin glow. Mangoes are also great for your hair because of this vitamin A, a nutrient required for sebum production that keeps hair moisturised. Not only is vitamin A great for the skin, it also helps promote good eye sight, fights dry eyes and prevent night blindness.
Mangoes are very low in saturated fat, cholesterol and sodium. They are also an excellent source of dietary fibre and vitamin B6, which is vital for maintaining and improving the brain’s function.
The fibre and water content in mangoes assists in the prevention of constipation and promotes a healthy digestive tract.The fibre, potassium and vitamin content in mangoes all help to ward off heart disease. An increase in potassium intake along with a decrease in sodium intake is the most important dietary change that a person can make to reduce their risk of cardiovascular disease.
Mangoes are rich in minerals like potassium, magnesium and copper and are one of the best sources of quercetin, beta-carotene, and astragalin. These powerful antioxidants have the ability to neutralise free radicals throughout the body. Ailments like heart disease, premature aging, cancer and degenerative diseases are due to these free radicals that damage the cells.
The powerful carotenoid, beta-carotene, also helps to enhance the immune system of the body and make it impervious to bacteria and toxins. The combination of vitamin C, vitamin A and 25 different kinds of carotenoids keep your immune system healthy. Beta-carotene may also lower the risk for developing asthma.
In need of a mango refresher to cool you down this summer? Simply slice a mango and blend with ice and a dash of coconut water to boost your energy.
Hopefully you can now see why mangoes are one of the most popular fruits in the world!
Combine all local and seasonal ingredients together. To make the vinaigrette blend the first five ingredients together and season with salt and pepper to taste. Drizzle the salad with the homemade vinaigrette and enjoy!