If I can shout to the world that my favorite fruit in the world is mango, I would. When I was young, being a picky-eater that I am, I would eat loads of mangoes if I didn't like what was on the table. My Mom wouldn't let me off the table with an empty tummy so I would happily oblige to her demands as long as I have some chilled ripe mangoes in front of me. Since the Philippines is a big producer of them, and if I am not mistaken, it is also the national fruit, I literally grew up with gigantic baskets of them in one corner of the kitchen and with the natural mango scent permeating the room. With the heat of summer and cooking, the aroma intensifies. It was how a house in a tropical island should smell like.
There are hundreds of varieties of mangoes all over the world and they all taste differently but with a decisive mango flavor. When I travel to countries that produce mangoes, I have a strange habit of looking for them and making sure that I try them. I've eaten some big ones that almost look like papayas in Angola and South Africa. The long and thin ones from Malaysia. The small one of Thailand. In Italy, we get the ones from South America, fat with the reddish skin. Sometimes in the Asian market in Rome, I can chance upon the ones from Pakistan that are almost similar to the ones of the Philippines. It's incredible because they are all different.
What I do love doing with them, wherever they come from or whatever variety it is, is to make fruit shakes. In this shake, I used almond milk with the fresh pulp and a lot of ice. It's refreshing and it is insanely good. And since I don't like dairy milk, almond milk works perfectly with my palate.
Get this simple and good Vegan Mango Almond Milkshake from Skinny Ms., a site where I create healthy recipes.