In that barely-monitored process of declaring national holidays, the National Mango Board and National Papaya Board ended up as the monthly national holidays in June.

Mango and papayas are both tropical tree fruits, but from different parts of the tropics. While both are now cultivated worldwide:

  • Mango originated in South Asia.
  • Payapa is native to Central America and southern Mexico.
    As with all fruits, there are different cultivars (varieties), but all have a sweet, fragrant aroma and creamy flesh (ripe papayas have softer flesh than ripe mangoes).

    In terms of ease of eating: mangoes have a long, flat, single a pit, while papayas have lots of bead-like black seeds.

    Enjoy them guilt-free: Mango and papaya are nutritionally rich tropical fruits with favorable calories: papaya at 55 calories/cup, mango 54 calories per half cup.

    Both are nutritious, versatile fruits. Use them as you would use peaches or pineapples—the two fruits to which mango’s flavor is compared.

  • Beverages: Daiquiri, Margarita, a shake with mango sorbet or ice cream, purée in iced tea, smoothie*.
  • Breads: muffins and fruit breads.
  • Condiments: chutney and salsa.
  • Desserts: cobbler, fruit salad, grilled fruit, ice cream or sorbet, ice pops†, pie, pudding, purée, tart, tartlet.
  • Fruit Soup: mango gazpacho.
  • Mains: grilled poultry, pork, seafood.
  • Salads: Add cube fruit to chicken, tuna, shrimp or green salads.
  • Salsa: Cube the fruit and mix with diced red, green and yellow peppers; chopped cilantro; olive oil; and lime juice.

    You can substitute papaya for mango in these recipes.

  • Asian Fruit Salad With Pernod
  • Blueberry Mango Chile Smoothie
  • Caramelized Salmon With Cherry Mango Salsa
  • Dungeness Crab Mango Salad
  • Grilled Mango-Citrus Shrimp
  • Grilled Shrimp Tandoori Salad with Mango Dressing
  • Halibut With Mango-Blood Orange Salsa
  • Hispanic Cheeses With Hot Pepper Mango Salsa
  • Ice Cream With Grilled Mango
  • Mango Blueberry Cobbler
  • Mango Caprese Salad
  • Mango Cheesecake
  • Mango Gazpacho With Fromage Blanc Sorbet
  • Orange Blossom Waffles With Mangoes & Nutmeg Cream
  • Pineapple Mango Chicken
  • Salmon with Cherry Mango Salsa

    Bowl Of Mango
    [1] Mangoes, illustrating how you can slice them (photo courtesy National Mango Board)

    [2] Papaya (photo courtesy Web MD).

    Mango & Papaya
    [3] Papaya and mango (photo courtesy The Flaming Candle).

    Mango Halved
    [4] Mango has one of the most unusual pits of any fruit: long and flat, it runs most of the length of the fruit (photo courtesy Straight Dope).


    *Make a mango or papaya smoothie. Blend together fruit, ice, milk (or soy milk) and sweetener of choice.

    †Insert popsicle sticks into mango or papaya slices and freeze.


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