Raw mangoes are firm and not as juicy as the ripe ones
It is more a versatile fruit when it comes to cooking mangoes
Raw mango is the star fruit of spring. Its tangy flavour compliments the weather beautifully. Once you taste it, you won't be able to stop eating it and soon you'll be adding it to everything! This aromatic fruit is a greener version of the ripe and juicy mangoes. You’ll find them abundant in markets just before the mango season is about to arrive. Raw mangoes are soury and green in colour.
Raw Versus Ripe
Raw mangoes are firm and not as juicy as the ripe ones. But this Kachi Kairi or also known as Amba, is more a versatile fruit when it comes to cooking mangoes. Unlike the sweet fragrance of the ripe fruit, raw mangoes have a pungent smell. They can be grated and pickled, added to curries (especially from the Malabar belt) or simply made into a chutney. In its powdered form called Amchoor it is sprinkled on fruits and used in regional Indian dishes to lend a summery sour flavour.
Raw mangoes popularly used in Thai cuisine to make lovely salads. According to Ayurveda, it is known for its cooling properties and is often used to make a refreshing drink called Aam Panna which is a great home remedy for heat strokes. Raw mangoes contain more Vitamin C than the sweet ripe mangoes and work wonders for all your tummy troubles. The extra dose of Vitamin C helps in the absorption of iron and therefore, raw mangoes are often recommended to those suffering from anemia. Raw mangoes also contain pectin, found in other fruits like berries and apples, which makes it good for your heart. Both raw and ripe mangoes are rich in Vitamin A.
How to Use Raw Mangoes
There's no reason why you should be shying away from bringing them into your kitchen while their short season lasts and before the mighty mangoes take over. While buying them make sure that they are not soggy around the stem and give off their distinct tart smell. They can be stored in a cool place and will stay fresh for three to four days. If you already have a stock, here are our 10 best raw mango recipes to try while you eagerly wait for the king of all fruits. These recipes will make you fall in love with raw mangoes.