Tuesday, October 20, 2009

In Season

For the past couple of years I have been trying to focus on eating produce that is locally in season. This means my fruit and vegetables are no longer traveling great distances to arrive at my table. It also means no more berries in winter, oranges in summer, asparagus in fall, or grapes in spring.
I am very excited because mango season has arrived in Australia. My favorite way to eat a mango is to peel it and start eating. There is nothing like having the sticky juice on your fingers, and dribbling down your chin. Another way I like to eat mangoes is in a recipe that I came across several years ago called Mango Mousse.

Mango Mousse

1 1/2 lb. mangoes
1 1/2 tsp. unflavored gelatin
3 1/2 Tbs. fresh lime juice
2 Tbs. sugar
1/2 cup chilled cream
Fresh mint sprigs for garnish

Place a bowl in the freezer to chill. Peel the mangoes and cut the flesh from the pits.
In a small saucepan, sprinkle the gelatin over the lime juice and let stand for 5 minutes. Place over low heat and stir until the gelatin dissolves, about 1 minute. Remove from the heat.

In a food processor or blender, combine the mangoes, gelatin mixture, and sugar and process until smooth. Pour the mango puree into a large bowl.

Remove the chilled bowl from the freezer and pour the cream into it. Lightly beat cream. Fold the cream into the mango puree just until no white streaks remain.

Divide the mousse among four 3/4-cup bowls. Cover and refrigerate until set, about 6 hours.


  1. I saw a recipe for mango (ok, now I can't remember what it was called), but it called for freezing mangoes, then popping into the blender with some lemon juice. Nice for a hot day. Or, one of my favs is to put into the blender with some ice and plain yogurt, and maybe a bit of milk.

  2. Er, I'm an idiot...that would be mango sorbet of course;)

  3. Suzer, mango sorbet would have hit the spot yesterday!!! Hope the weather holds so I can get the ice-cream maker up and running.

  4. Hi Maya, your mango mousse recipe sounds so delicious. I also agree with your favorite way to eating a mango as well...

    And now I'm craving for a nice ripe sweet, juicy mango...

    Thanks so much for sharing your mango mousse recipe with us. Have a great day today!

  5. Maya, Thanks for the recipe. I will try it with (sigh) imported mangos as we can't grow mangos in Oregon. My favorite way of eating mangos remains a la mexicana: mango, lime and chile powder. Ajua!

  6. Erlinda, well imported from Mexico would not be as bad as if they had to sit on a boat all the way from Australia! I'll admit they are pretty good with lime and chile.