Mango season in Hawaii is everyone’s favorite fruit to enjoy when it is finally in season on the islands. Kamaaina or locals anxiously look for them at their favorite farmers market, grocery store or even at a roadside stands selling fresh fruit. When mangoes are in season from late May to October all around the islands, everyone is mango crazy and wanting to try mangoes raw or in delicious dishes! You’ll want to try everything mango when mango season in Hawaii happens soon.
It’s time for mango season in Hawaii
Did you know that there are over 60 varieties of mangoes growing in Hawaii? Not only are they eaten fresh but used in many sweet and savory dishes including meats, fish, vegetables and even incorporated into delicious breads and pastries. Mangoes have a long harvest season with the peak happening around July and you’ll find them in all the markets and fruits stands around the islands.
Mango varieties in Hawaii
Even though there are over 60 varieties grown, the most common for commercial mangoes grown are the Hagen, Pirie and Rapoza varieites that have extra flavor and minimal fibre on each fruit.
Growing season in Hawaii
Mango trees start to flower winter time from December to April with the first signs of fruit developing in May with the peak in July and even as late as October. You’ll find mangoes in many backyards, but they prefer dry and hot environments to fruit the best tasting mangoes on the islands. The growing season in Hawaii is nice with a good production cycle which gives us plenty of mangoes to eat from early summer until early fall.
Where to find the best mangoes
When they are finally in season, you’ll find the best mangoes at a local farmers market or popular grocery stores like Foodland, KTA, Sack and Save and even Whole Foods selling the best locally grown versions.
Besides eating mangoes fresh from a market, there are so many local favorite dishes that use mangoes in sweet or savory dishes. Check out some of the favorite recipes below.
Nutritional value of mango fruit
Mangoes are highly nutritious and filled with vitamin A, C, E, potassium and magnesium. They have powerful antioxidants and also a great source of carbohydrates. Just one cup of sliced mangoes will supply 45mg or about 100 percent of your daily vitamin C needs.
Mangoes are also low fat, low calorie and a cholesterol free source of the many nutrients, vitamins and antioxidants. This fruit helps in keeping you healthy and helps in preventing disease.
Some Mango trivia
This well loved fruit is the most popular fruit in the world than any other fruit
Mangoes are related to the cashew and pistachio trees
Giving someone a basket of mangoes is considered a gesture of friendship
The nutritional value of the mango really depends on the variety and the maturity of the fruit. Unripe mangoes have more vitamin C content and when they ripen, they have more vitamin A
Mangoes are considered the king of fruits
The leaves of a mango are toxic so feeding animals and pets the leaves is not a good idea. Or even brushing up against the leaves can bring up allergic reactions from human contact.
Mangoes are thought to prevent insomnia and provides for better sleep
The Guinness World Records noted that the sweetness mango is the Philippine Carabao Mango as the tastiest, fiber free and sweet fruit.
The color of a mango is not always an indicator of ripeness since there are varieties that are ripe when they are still green in color.
The largest producer of mangoes are from India and followed surprisingly by China and then Indonesia and Pakistan.
Favorite Mango recipes
Hope you get to try some of these delicious recipes above or even just eat fresh mangoes grown on the islands. Pineapple season in Hawaii is a fantastic time to enjoy these tropical fruits that you can get anywhere on the islands.
Hawaiian style mango bread
Delicious local mango pie
Fresh mango shrimp ceveche
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