Summertime is for soaking up the sun, splashing in the pool, barbecues with friends and family, and eating juicy seasonal fruits. One seasonal Summer fruit that we get particularly excited about are mangoes, so we’ve compiled our top five Bowen mango recipes for you, just in time in Christmas.
Bowen is home to the Mango, so make sure you support local and grab some home-grown goodies from the likes of Marto’s Mangoes and Manbulloo - Australia’s largest grower of premium Kensington Pride mangoes, also known as the ‘Bowen Mango’.
Kensington Pride mangoes have a uniquely fragrant and sweet flavour with soft, fibreless flesh. They have a yellow skin, often with a pink or red ‘blush’ colour that results from sun exposure. Whilst most still prefer to eat Kensington Pride mangoes freshly sliced, they also make a great addition to smoothies, desserts or even summer salads.
The R2E2 mangoes are a cocktail of mild, sweet and spicy flavours. Always blushing, this intriguing mid-season mango turns a shade of ravishing red. Its firm, non-fibrous flesh is a golden yellow syrup on the senses.
So whether you like mangoes as the hero ingredient of your dessert, or you prefer mangoes in the form of a cocktail, these recipes will impress not only you but your guests too – we’ve even sourced a recipe that the kids will approve of.
1. Mango yoghurt popsicles
Here’s one for the kids, and best of all these popsicles only require four ingredients so it’s perfect for the tiny tots who enjoy getting their hands dirty in the kitchen. Donna Hay is Australia’s dessert queen, and although she’s known for decadent creations her mango yoghurt popsicles are healthy, refreshing and perfect for Australia’s extreme Summer heat. Begin your own mango yoghurt ice block masterclass here.
2. Sticky mango glazed ham
The good ol’ Christmas ham. It’s the centerpiece of most Christmas lunches so it must not only taste great, but it must look the part too. This sticky mango glaze created by Curtis Stone will have your Christmas ham looking glossy and tasting delicious. All that’s left to do is have someone prep it - we’ll leave that to you to debate over. Be sure to bookmark the recipe.
3. Mango, avocado and macadamia salad
When it comes to Christmas lunch, the sides are just as important as the Christmas ham and this recipe combines three iconic Aussie ingredients to create a salad that’s sweet, savoury, crunchy and creamy. Pair it with a handful of fresh King Prawns and there’s guaranteed to be silence from everyone at the dining table! Best of all, this mango, avocado and macadamia salad takes all of 15 minutes to prep, so you can spend less time in the kitchen and more time entertaining guests. Check out the mouth-watering photo and recipe here.
4. Grilled mango sundae
It’s been described as a simple, fuss free dessert with maximum flavour, so for all of you who are time-poor, here comes a recipe to impress guests (vegans included). Gourmet Traveler’s grilled mango sundae recipe is both light and refreshing, making it ideal following a Christmas lunch blow-out. Give me the recipe we hear you beg! Here you go.
5. Mango Spritz
Call off the search! We’ve found the perfect Christmas cocktail to accompany your lunch; and if Aperol spritz is your go-to, then this cocktail recipe will be right up your alley. This variation calls for the creation of a mango syrup which is then added to a classic Aperol Spritz recipe. Keen to spritz up your long boozy Christmas lunch? It all starts here.
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