Mandarine is a small citrus fruit that resembles oranges, and has a sweet taste and its skin is soft and peels very easily. The tangerine is a combination between the mandarin and the bitter orange, the clementine resembles the mandarin as well.
Choose: an intact mandarin that is heavy for its size.
Avoid: a mandarin with black marks or showing mold or soft spots.
In the fridge: 1-2 weeks.
Excellent source: vitamin C.
Contains: potassium, vitamin A and folic acid.
The mango is either round, oval or kidney-shaped. Mangoes have a distinct taste and they are packed with many nutritions and health promoting qualities. “Alphanso” variety is from India, and “Sindhuri” from Pakistan. Mangoes are summer seasonal fruits. They have a rich, sweet taste. The stone of the mango may either be a single embryo or in other cases, it may contain many stones.
Choose: a mango that is neither too hard nor too wrinkled, with a pleasant smell. A ripe mango emits a sweet perfume and yields to gentle finger pressure. There may be black spots on the skin, a sign of advanced maturity.
At room temperature: for ripening. Place mango in a paper bag to accelerate the ripening process.
In the fridge: ripe, 1-2 weeks.
In the freezer: cook in a syrup or purée, with or without added sugar, lemon or lime juice.
Excellent source: vitamin A and vitamin C.
Good source: potassium.
Properties: mango that is not quite ripe is said to be laxative. Mango skin can cause allergic cutaneous reactions and irritate the skin and the mouth.