Now I braved the odds and flipped my laptop lid and followed my heart to my fingertips, to tell share what I feel about dried mangoes 🙂
I went to Cebu just recently and tried a lot of local delicacies there. Of course, top of my must-try list are dried mangoes. I like the mango as a fruit on its own and also loved the idea that it can be eaten in several different ways. I sometimes buy packs of dried mangoes from grocery stores but word is, dried mangoes are best in Cebu so why waste the opportunity?
Just a bit of a background, the mango is a fleshy stone fruit belonging to the genus Mangifera, consisting of numerous tropical fruiting trees in the flowering plant family Anacardiaceae. The mango is native to South Asia, from where it has been distributed worldwide to become one of the most cultivated fruits in the tropics. While other Mangifera species (e.g. horse mango, M. foetida) are also grown on a more localized basis, Mangifera indica – the ‘common mango’ or ‘Indian mango’ – is the only mango tree commonly cultivated in many tropical and subtropical regions. It is the national fruit of India, Pakistan and the Philippines, and the national tree of Bangladesh. — https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mango
I picked a couple of bags and I came up with three brands which I made a little review of; disclaimer- all possible negative comments are of my personal pov and no malicious intent:
Joanna Dried Mangoes– The cheapest that I found, only around P30.00. Most of you will recognize this easily because this is the same product being sold in M. Lhuillier Stores. I picked this because the dried mangoes looked nice and perfect. Verdict – it tastes more like sour worms than dried mangoes. I felt that it was synthesized and not from real mangoes, maybe that’s why it looked really perfect when it comes to color & shape. This is my least favorite.
Philippine’s Brand Mango Chocolate – I am surprised I can’t find a website for this but you can find lots of chocolate dried mangoes online– but not this particular brand. It’s my first time to try chocolate dried mangoes and first time I heard of it, so I gave it a try. Just to share a little bit I am not a chocolate lover so I am not sure if I will really like it. Anyway this dried mangoes variation claims to be dried mangoes coated in belgian chocolate. Verdict – not bad. But the chocolate overpowered the mango taste so I am not really a fan. But if you love chocolate then I think this one’s a good twist. A lot of my friends are crazy over it.
7D Dried Mangoes – This is a little expensive, around P150.00. At first look the shape and the sizes of the dried mangoes are not as perfect as Joanna’s Dried Mangoes but the taste, is PERFECT for me. Verdict – Awesome! I would recommend this for everyone who haven’t tried dried mangoes yet. This should be the one for your dried mango baptism. You would still feel that you are eating mangoes, the fruit’s fiber is still there, and you will know that it was really made from real mangoes.
Alright, please feel free to comment below and tell me about your dried mango experience 🙂