October 30, 2015 10:53 am 3 Comments
We’ve just had two new mango varieties arrive in stock: small strips of dried mango, from the Lippens and Amelie varieties. We’ve got Amelie mango, in 1kg and a bulk pack, and Lippens mango, in 1kg bags. The small strips appear to be simply the usual longer strips cut in half, making them a good size for snacking, baking or incorporating into other products. Both of these types of mango are organic and the price is identical.
So what’s the difference between them – and how do they compare with the rest of our mango products?
In the interests of research, all staff members felt obliged to eat a great deal of dried mango, to come up with some answers. To give the whole thing a much more scientific basis, I took a couple of bags along to a family gathering as well!
The two varieties are easy to tell apart: Lippens are much lighter in colour than Amelie. The colours reflect a pretty obvious taste difference too: Lippens are sweeter and have less of a bite. The darker Amelie are sharper in taste and chewier.
Who preferred which? Well, opinion was pretty much equally divided. The children, who I’d anticipated enjoying the lighter, sweeter variety more, actually preferred the Amelie (when pinned down and forced to make a choice). The adults simply liked them both, tending to lean towards whichever one they’d most recently tasted.
After all, sweeter or sharper, floppier or chewier, you simply can’t go wrong with dried mango! It’s a fantastic lunchbox/school/after-school/hiking snack – and makes a delicious addition to homemade muesli or granola. It can be used in all manner of recipes, including crunchy flapjacks, homemade chutney and fruity chicken dishes.
Mangoes are a super fruit. They’re rich in vitamins C, A and B6, and are a great source of iron. They also provide much-needed copper, potassium, magnesium and fibre. There are, in fact, over 1,000 different varieties of mango (which might test even our stock system to its limit!), varying according to their softness, sweetness, tanginess, richness, level and type of fragrance, fibrousness, number and position of seeds, and colour (among other factors)! We feel pretty sure that the mango we stock, of all varieties, is pretty hard to beat.
Other Mango Products
In the rest of our mango range, we have a small snack-sized pack from Tropical Wholefoods. Fairtrade and organic, this snack pack uses whichever mangoes are currently in season. Spotting the difference in flavour and texture is all part of the fun!
We also have larger (1kg and 15kg) bags of mango cheeks from Community Foods. These are broader than the strips and again, the variety used and availability depends on the season. At present, the cheeks are the Amelie variety. They’re usually sourced from Burkina Faso.
Feeling in the mood for a little luxury? We stock milk and dark-chocolate dipped mangoes, from Cocoa Loco. We’ve also got tinned mango (a really good, simple dessert idea, especially for kids, or when travelling), mango and apple puree (deliciously sweet), mango chutney and mango in Big Oz luxury granola.
And is it ‘mangos’ or ‘mangoes’? Well, it turns out that both spelling are correct. Just like the various types of mango we offer, you can simply choose whichever you prefer!
Tags: Amelie, Bulk, Cocoa Loco chocolate dipped mango, dried mango, granola, Lippens, mango, mango cheeks, mango chutney, mango puree, mango slices, mango strips, Organic Mango, snack pack, tinned mango, Tropical Wholefoods
This post was written by Yzanne