SOURCE: National Mango Board

National Mango Board

June 16, 2010 15:34 ET

Celebrate Summer With the World's Most Popular Fruit

Ingrid Hoffman's Recipe Demonstration Video From the National Mango Board Serves Sweet Summer Inspiration

ORLANDO, FL--(Marketwire - June 16, 2010) -  This summer, the world's most popular fruit offers the perfect amount of refreshment to beat the heat with each bite. With its inherently sweet, juicy flavor that screams summer in any dish, the versatile mango can transform the kitchen into a tropical oasis. The National Mango Board has partnered with Ingrid Hoffmann of Simply Delicioso to create a mango tribute to summer.

Watch as Ingrid Hoffmann creates her Cuban Mango Melt, a luscious twist on a traditional Cuban sandwich featuring sliced ham and pork, Swiss cheese, pickles, honey mustard and rich, ripe mangos pressed between buttery French rolls.

"I love putting a twist on traditional Latin favorites," said Ingrid Hoffmann. "I add mangos to my meals all year long, but in the summer I relish in the vast availability of this luscious fruit!"

Mangos brighten any day no matter what time it is. For breakfast, create a Mango Coconut Smoothie with soothing green tea, creamy yogurt, coconut extract and tropical mango, or host a festive lunch starring Mango Avocado Chopped Salad with Warm Chorizo and a cool Gingered Mango Soup. Enjoy the complex flavors of citrus, mango and avocado blended into a creamy dressing for the salad that highlights crisp romaine, bite-sized peas, spicy chorizo and sweet mango. Balance the salad with the soup's smooth flavors of coconut milk, yogurt, cool cucumber, biting fresh ginger and juicy mango. For dinner, try the Cuban Mango Melt with a simple side of warmed black beans with diced mango on top for a festive side dish.

"We're pleased to show the versatility of the mango, and since so many varieties are available this time of year, this is the perfect time to experiment with creative recipes," said Wendy McManus, director of marketing for the National Mango Board. "Their luscious, sweet flavor can highlight so many dishes, and it was wonderful to see the flavorful twists that Ingrid Hoffmann created for breakfast, lunch and dinner."

Need more reasons to enjoy mangos this summer and all year long? Mangos are bursting with antioxidants, an excellent source of vitamins A and C and a good source of dietary fiber. And with only 110 calories for one serving of mangos, you can snack decadently and still be ready for swimsuit season!

To view the recipes and video please visit www.mango.org/celebratesummer.

About National Mango Board
The National Mango Board is a national promotion and research organization, which is supported by assessments from both domestic and imported mangos. The board was designed to drive awareness and consumption of fresh mangos in the U.S. Mangos are an excellent source of vitamins A and C, a good source of fiber and an amazing source of tropical flavor.

Mango consumption per capita has nearly quadrupled since 1990 to an estimated 2 pounds per year in 2009. Mango import volume for 2009 was 634 million pounds. Learn more at www.mango.org.

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