Updated: Mar 10

#1 The Winter Weather Blues

In our neck of the woods, the weather is downright dreary right now. Thankfully, we haven’t had a lot of snow or severe cold, but the weather is still kind of depressing. The bright and cheerful color of our dried mango slices is a welcome reminder that nicer weather is just around the corner. Better still, the flavor is like a taste of summertime on a cold winter’s day.

#2 Awesome Mango Salsa

I love mango, and I love salsa. The few times I’ve bought mango salsa, I’ve found it too watery for my taste. Here’s my solution to that problem. I take 4 or 5 slices of dried mango and, using my kitchen shears, I cut the slices into long strips. Then, I cut the strips into thirds or quarters, yielding a handful of roughly chopped dried mango. I combine these with any store-bought salsa in a bowl and let it sit for a couple hours (or overnight) in the fridge. The mango absorbs some of the liquid of the salsa and softens up nicely. The salsa is delicious and not watery at all. Fantastic!

#3 Easy Between Meal Snack

Most of my working friends find it hard to find healthy food options where they work. They are also just too busy in the morning to pack food to bring to work. A small, easy step in the right direction might be to pack a small plastic baggie of dried mango slices - just a small handful - and slip it in your backpack along with your bottle of water. The mango is not messy at all, and is nice to have when you’ve no time to run out and get that glazed donut or French cruller. I like the mango mixed with nuts and coconut, like in our Tropical Mix.

#4 Emergency Preparedness

Where I live disasters are rare, but that doesn’t mean one should become complacent. Hurricanes, earthquakes, forest fires, tidal waves, windstorms, nuclear war, zombie apocalypse, lions and tigers and bears, oh my! I suppose anything is possible and it’s better to be prepared and have a plan than to be totally unprepared. Along with the batteries, flashlights, tools, first aid kits, and bottled water, we’ll need non-perishable food. In my mind that means Spam, Dinty Moore, tuna fish, beef jerky, and dried mango slices.

#5 High Quality Dried Fruit

Supermarket quality raisins and dried apricots are o.k. for cooking, but if that’s the only kind of dried fruit you know, you are missing out on a whole world of interesting, flavorful, nicely textured dried fruits from around the world. Our dried mango slices are a nice introduction to that world. Starting out with the mango may entice you to try the dried papaya, pineapple or jackfruit. Explore a may like what you find.