Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Champagne Mangos and Bananas

Several years ago, a friend was visiting and while we perused my local grocery aisle, she softly gasped, "Champagne mangos! Oh! They are my very favorite fruit!" She lovingly placed a few in the cart. You just have to know Anita, she does so many things lovingly. I was pleased to be able to provide the store which catered to her delights.

Back at home, I watched her peel the skin from this yellow fruit, a soft palm-fitting curve to it's lovely shape. Inside was revealed a golden interior smooth and sweet. Nibbling on a small section, I could see what all the raptured enthusiasm was about. Of course, anything that includes "champagne" in its name has to be special. Secondly, these really are a step up in flavor over ordinary mangos, both mellower and more flavorful at the same time. And as the years have passed, their rarity has impressed me. Try as I might, I have not come across them again until this week - in my local Wal-Mart, of all places. Mangos, champagne or otherwise, offer a bevy of health benefits to tempt you to try them. Like Anita, I have fallen in love with the Champagne Mango.

Health Benefits of Mango :

  1. Mangoes contain phenols, this phenolic compound have powerful antioxidant and anticancer abilities.
  2. Mango is high in iron, pregnant women and people with anemia are advised to eat this fruit regularly.
  3. Mango is effective in relieving clogged pores of the skin.
  4. It is also valuable to combat acidity and poor digestion.
  5. Mangos are low in carbohydrates.
  6. Mango is a rich source of vitamin A(beta-carotene), E and Selenium which help to protect against heart disease and other ailments.

I tried them this morning with my ritual coffee with cream and sugar. Their delectable sunburst arcs alongside the light, fresh mildness of banana circles played a breakfast cantata for my senses. The first meal of the day should make you smile, don't you think? I'm sure Anita would lovingly agree.

I am posting this on GNOWFGLINS Tuesday Twister.


  1. That's funny... these champagne mangoes look a lot like the mangoes grown here in Thailand. They are very popular and definitely a staple in Thai dining.

    Here is a picture of them:


  2. Could be one and the same - I don't know how many kinds of mangoes are out there. You say mango, I say mango. You know, like you say tomato, I say tomato. Spelled the same, different pronunciations - it's a joke. ;D

  3. Another win for Wal-Mart. Galactic empire.

    How helpful are antioxidants, really?

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  4. Dad made a wonderful fresh fruit salad, mango included. In addition he poured a little Marschino on it. Shy,do you remember having it that way in Scily?