Saturday, January 28, 2023

Celebrating Florida’s Mango Season

Chef Jorge Montes

Summertime in South Florida is enriched by the fragrant scent and honeyed taste of mangoes. We’ve patiently watched countless trees all spring as they bloom and produce tiny kidney-shaped specks of green that eventually evolve into ruby red and blazing orange mangoes. Nothing beats cutting into a ripe one that’s just fallen off a tree, its juicy syrup oozing out and its flesh tender and moist. But there are a myriad of other ways to enjoy the versatile tropical fruit that’s indigenous to southern Asia. Grill them, freeze them (poolside popsicles, anyone?), juice them, blend them; the choices are endless.

Chef Jorge Montes is sharing a couple of his favorite mango-inspired recipes that you can try at home this summer. As the owner of Sazoned and a local South Florida chef for 20 years, he knows mangoes and is an expert in sharing his passion for food through curated virtual cooking classes and pop-up dinners. (For more on Chef Montes, visit sazoned.com.)

MANGO SALSA

Up your chips-and-dip game with this salsa that you can also serve with grilled fish or shrimp.

Serves: 4

Ingredients:

2 cups mango, diced small
1/2 cup red onion, diced small
1/2 cup tomato, diced small
1 jalapeño, finely diced
Juice of 2 limes
2 tablespoons cilantro, roughly chopped
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon brown sugar
Salt and pepper to taste

Preparation:

In a large bowl, combine all ingredients and mix well. Season and taste. Serve cold.

MANGO HABANERO DAIQUIRI

A twist on a classic Daiquiri (not the frozen kind) with the heat and floral notes of habanero and the cooling sweetness of mango.

Serves: 1

Ingredients:

2 ounces light rum
1 ounce fresh lime juice
1 ounce mango purée
1 teaspoon brown sugar
1-2 slices habanero pepper
Ice

Preparation:

• Place all ingredients in a shaker with 1 cup of ice and shake vigorously for 30 seconds.

• Strain into a chilled coupe or martini glass and garnish with a slice of mango on a skewer.

This story is from the July/August 2022 issue of Boca magazine. For more like this, click here to subscribe to the magazine.

Christie Galeano-DeMott
Christie Galeano-DeMott
Christie is a food lover, travel fanatic, bookworm, Francophile, and she believes art in all its forms is good for the soul. When she’s not writing about the incredible dishes, people and places that capture South Florida's culture and vibe, Christie is irresistibly happy in the company of her husband and a glass of red wine.

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