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Zingy Mango Salsa Recipe


A colorful dish of delightful flavors – ideal with summer cocktails
on the patio, beach or boat!

4 large ripe mangos* sliced and chopped to 1/4 inch chunks (plus mushy parts)
4 ripe plum tomatoes, chopped to 1/4 inch chunks
1/4 cup finely chopped red onion
1-2 tablespoons of finely chopped fresh ginger root
1-2 small, but fiery red jalapeno peppers – finely chopped
Juice of 1 lime
1/4 cup freshly chopped cilantro
1/4 cup finely chopped cucumber (sking and seeds removed)

optional: 2 or 3 large ripe peaches – also finely chopped
whole cilantro leaves without stems for garnish

Chia Head Shrek & Mango 16 x 12 open edition printChia Head Shrek & Mango

TOOLS
a good peeling and chopping knife
a large glass bowl for mixing – you may want to serve in this as well
bowl or container for peelings (makes great compost for your garden)

*4 good sized, ready-to-be-eaten Mangos (from your favorite tree or market). Here in Miami, the Florida ‘Haden’ is usually readily available and I believe these are one of the most popular varieties sold in supermarkets. If you can fine “Nam Doc Mai” Thailand mangos, these would make an exceptionally sweet and aromatic salsa. Good to use all of the same kind, but mixing 2 different kinds of mangos can create a unique flavor to this dish.

Prepare at least 2 hours ahead of serving time. Serve at room temperature with scoop shaped corn chips. Salsa is also an excellent marinade/condiment to fish or chicken dishes.

Recipe makes about 3 cups (4 if you add the peaches)
Yum… just typing this out has my mouth watering. ENJOY!  

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17th Annual International Mango Festival this weekend!

JULY 11 and 12, 2009 – time for one of my favorite events of the summer. The annual Mango Festival at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden. Just writing about it brings visions of all kinds of colorful and delicious, mangos from around the world. There are mango tastings, mango brunch (already sold out!), mango smoothies, cream puffs, wonderful new recipes and the delightfully entertaining, Mango auction  hosted by Dr. Richard J. Campbell, Senior Curator of Tropical Fruit. All guaranteed to make you forget how hot and humid Miami can be at this time of year and remember how amazing it is to experience this incredibly magical 83 acre tropical garden!
I’ll be there Sunday morning, helping out in Mango Tree Sales (unless they sell out on Saturday!)

To further celebrate my favorite festival, MANGO BLUE Tote Bag is on SALE for the rest of JULY! Order yours today and save 30% off the regular price. 

photo: Paul Andre Photography. model: Diane Mooney

Summertime and the Mangos are…

Mango Shrek, a Nature\'s Energy photopainting by Debra Cortese

Ready! Mango Art Exhibition with 15 Artists opens Saturday, July 12th at the 16th Annual Mango Festival at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden in Coral Gables, Florida. This years festival features the Mangos of Africa and if it’s anything like years past… about a hundred other varieties as well.

Mango cocktails, salsas, marinades, sauces, salads… anything you can imagine. Mango Mania prevails. Tasters line up at least an hour before the gates open at 9:30 am. There’s a Mango Costume Ball, Mango Brunch, Auction, tree sales, and yes… this is an art column… a Mango Art Exhibition and Sale. 15 Artists: Sylvia Bota, Debra Cortese, Julio J. Figueroa, Pauline Goldsmith, Bobbi Headder, Leonardo Hernandez, Kit Kimball, Lynda Lynch LaRocca, Robin Lawrie, Elsa Nadal, Terry Mulrooney,
Nettie Belle Robinson, Barbara A. Tejada, Beth Werner and Jedda Wong are sharing their Mango Art in as many styles and interpretations of this fabulous fruit as you can imagine… something for every taste and budget.

I’ll be showing “Mango in Bird Bath”, “Blue Bath” and “Almost Mango Salsa” which should appear in this blog. If you can’t make it to the show, but would like a Nature’s Energy Mango Artwork of your own, visit my Mango page and choose your favorites from 10 new mango artworks. If you are in Miami and would like to purchase any of my art, either online or in person, you’ll want to read my SUMMER NEWSLETTER and print out a copy of the FRAMING offer…Saves you $30. on framing!

Happy 4th of July… get out there and enjoy nature!
Great snorkeling weather here in South Florida 🙂
Mango Blue Plate by Debra Cortese
Mango in Bird Bath by Debra Cortese

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