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Bull`s Eye? Nooo …his Eggs … I mean Mangoes!

I`m back… from inbetween RED  easter eggs and fruits. I`ve chosen a Fruity Week. The ideea came after I took the foto from the header… my Easter arrangement. Another ideea is English post`s from now. Little hard to write in this language  but i`ve seen a lot of English readers so… this is it! I`ll stick to this for some time… Although I`m from Romania! Who doesn`t understand can contact me for the translation or corrections about my English (Cine nu intelege ma poate contacta pentru traducere sau sugestii de corectie.) Now back to the Fruity Week… in M(y) English that I LOVE  and I feel happy about us!

1st day is MANGO day!

Mangifera indica, or the common mango, is commonly cultivated and used for food. The mango is indigenous to India. See the P.S. at the end for the title explanation.

Mango trees grow 35–40 m tall, with a crown radius of 10 m. Some specimens still fruit after 300 years. In deep soil the taproot descends to a depth of 6 m and the profuse, wide-spreading feeder roots also send down many anchor roots which penetrate several feet of soil.

The leaves are evergreen, alternate, simple, 15–35 cm  long and 6–16 cm broad; when the leaves are young they are orange-pink, rapidly changing to a dark glossy red, then dark green as they mature.

The flowers are produced in terminal inflorescent 10–40 cm long; each flower is small and white with five petals 5–10 mm long, with a mild sweet odor suggestive of lily of the valley. The fruit takes three to six months to ripen.

Cultivars are variously yellow, orange, red or green and carry a single flat, oblong pit that can be fibrousor hairy on the surface. Ripe, unpeeled fruit gives off a distinctive resinous, sweet smell. Inside the pit 1–2 mm thick is a thin lining covering a single seed, 4–7 mm long, 3–4 cm and 1 cm. The seed contains the plant embryo.

Mango is generally sweet, although the taste and texture of the flesh varies across cultivars, some having a soft, pulpy texture similar to an over-ripe plum, while others flesh is firmer. Some cultivars’ flesh has a fibrous texture. Mango is consumed both as ripe fruit and as an unripe fruit (vegetable). In unripe, pickled or cooked forms, the mango skin is consumed comfortably, whereas in ripe fruits, the skin is thicker and bitter and is usually not eaten. The ripe mango is commonly eaten fresh.

Nutrients and phytochemicals

Mango is rich in a variety of phytochemicalsand nutrients. The fruit pulp is high in prebioticdietary fiber, vitamin C, polyphenols and provitamin A carotenoids.

Mango contains essential vitamins and dietary minerals. The antioxidant vitamins A, C and E comprise 25%, 76% and 9% of the Dietary Reference Intake (DRI) in a 165 grams serving. Vitamin B6 (pyridoxine, 11% DRI), vitamin K (9% DRI), other B vitamins andessential nutrients such as potassium, copperand 17 amino acids are at good levels. Mango peel and pulp contain other phytonutrients, such as the pigment antioxidants – carotenoids and polyphenols – and omega-3 and -6 polyunsaturated fatty acids.

Mango peel contains pigments that may have antioxidant properties, including carotenoids, such as the provitamin A compound, beta-carotene, lutein and alpha-carotene, polyphenols … any of which may counteract free radicals in various disease processes as revealed in preliminary research.

Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)
Energy 272 kJ (65 kcal)
Carbohydrates 17.00 g
Sugars 14.8 g
Dietary fiber 1.8 g
Fat 0.27 g
Protein .51 g
Vitamin A equiv. 38 μg (4%)
– beta-carotene 445 μg (4%)
Thiamine (Vit. B1) 0.058 mg (4%)
Riboflavin (Vit. B2) 0.057 mg (4%)
Niacin (Vit. B3) 0.584 mg (4%)
Pantothenic acid (B5) 0.160 mg (3%)
Vitamin B6 0.134 mg (10%)
Folate (Vit. B9) 14 μg (4%)
Vitamin C 27.7 mg (46%)
Calcium 10 mg (1%)
Iron 0.13 mg (1%)
Magnesium 9 mg (2%)
Phosphorus 11 mg (2%)
Potassium 156 mg (3%)
Zinc 0.04 mg (0%)
Percentages are relative to US recommendations for adults.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/

P.S. Mangoes are also known as huevos de toro(„eggs of the bull”, a euphemism for „bull’s testicles”, referring to the shape and size).

And now how to cut it… the „hedgehog” style… and a little my style

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