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Get essential nutrients from seasonal mangoes

Nothing beats the feeling of biting into a perfectly ripe mango.

They are incredibly sweet, juicy, and very versatile – you can make hundreds of unique dishes with them or relish them. They are perfect no matter what!

These beautiful succulent fruits are a crown jewel in most Asian and tropical countries. Mangoes are so popular that they are considered the national fruit of three different countries – India, Pakistan, and the Philippines! 

Mango trees are considered our national tree, which is no surprise considering the sheer volume of mango orchards found all over the country. Each year during summer, the fruit markets are filled to the brim with mangoes for sale in Bangladesh. Many individuals are now opting to buy mangoes online to get the freshest, most organic produce delivered right to their doorstep.

These incredible fruits are not only delicious but packed with essential nutrients and fiber as well! So if you’re worried about indulging in mangoes this season fearing it might ruin your diet plan, continue reading to find out all the ways mangoes are good for you!

Vibrant picture of diced mango
These incredible fruits are not only delicious but packed with essential nutrients and fiber as well!

Mangoes: The Summer Superfruit!

A common misconception about mango is that they are high in fat and sugar, which leads to weight gain and other health problems. This is completely wrong!

Many nutritionists would agree that eating a mango a day can provide you with many essential nutrients that help your body function properly in the hot summer. While it is true that too much of a good thing can be bad, as long as you are eating a normal portion a day, the mango health benefits truly outweigh the costs.

Mango Nutrition Per Serving:

One medium-sized mango (336g) contains the following nutrients:

  • Calories: 201
  • Total Fat: 1.3g
    • Saturated Fat: 0.3g
  • Protein 2.8g
  • Cholesterol 0mg
  • Sodium 3.4mg
  • Potassium 564.5mg
  • Total Carbohydrate 50g
    • Dietary Fiber 5g
    • Sugar 46g

As you can see, mangoes have very little fat! While sugar is relatively high, this is natural and much better for regulating blood sugar compared to refined sugar. The natural sugars found in fruit are beneficial for health as it provides a stable supply of energy throughout the day and regulates your metabolism.

Essential Vitamins and Minerals in Mangoes

Mangoes are a great source of a variety of minerals and vitamins. They are rich in Vitamin C which helps you heal faster and boosts your immune system. Vitamin K helps with building your bones and improves blood clotting to quickly heal cuts. Vitamin K also helps those with Anemia – a common problem among Bangladeshi women.

Beta-carotene is a pigment found in mangoes that give them the classic orange color inside. This element is an antioxidant that helps prevent cell damage and can potentially prevent cancer. Other types of antioxidants in mangoes help remove toxins from your body and improve overall kidney function.

The magnesium and potassium present in mangoes are great for heart health! They help to lower blood pressure and regulate heart rate. Mangoes are also rich in folate – a type of B vitamin essential for producing red and white blood cells in bone marrow, and for converting carbohydrates into energy.

Image of mango slices in a wicker plate
The magnesium and potassium present in mangoes are great for heart health!

How to select perfect mangoes

Whether you buy mangoes online or from a grocery shop, finding out the ripeness of a mango is super easy! Key indicators to look out for are the smell, feel, and look of the fruit.

What does a ripe mango smell like?

A ripe mango will have the signature sweet and fruity smell that makes your mouth water. An unripe or green mango will smell much sharper and a bit sour. A sour smell on a ripe mango might indicate it has gone bad and should not be consumed. Watch out for chemical smells as this may indicate the use of pesticides and formalin – these types of mangoes should be avoided or washed very thoroughly to get rid of the chemicals from the outer layer of the skin.

What does a ripe mango feel like?

A ripe mango should feel soft but still a bit firm. When checking ripeness at the market, make sure to hold the fruit in your hand and give it a gentle squeeze. If it feels very firm, it hasn’t ripened yet and needs more time. If the mango feels very soft and the skin feels loose, then it is overripe and close to being spoilt – it’s best to avoid these!

What does a ripe mango look like?

It is difficult to tell how ripe a mango is by its skin. Most mangoes in Bangladesh have green skin even when ripe, so it’s best to check ripeness by hand.

A few things to look out for are the markings on a mango skin. Certain black and brown spots are normal, but mangoes with bruises or wrinkled skin might indicate the fruit is going bad. Avoid mangoes that are mushy or leaking. These fruits have gone bad and are unsafe to eat.

Mango sliced in half lengthwise.
It is difficult to tell how ripe a mango is by its skin.

Mango Harvesting Time in Bangladesh

There are many varieties of mangoes available in Bangladesh and each of them ripens at a different time throughout the season. Here is the breakdown of estimated harvest times of mangoes so you can enjoy each type all through summer!

MonthType of MangoHarvest Time
GobindoBhog Mango15 May – 30 May
MayGopalBhog Mango25 May – 10 June
GulabKhash Mango27 May – 10 June
RaniPochondo Mango1 June – 15 June
Himsagar Mango7 June – 30 June
BoglaGuti Mango12 June – 7 July
JuneLangra Mango15 June – 15 July
LokkhonBhog Mango15 June – 15 July
HariBhanga Mango15 June – 15 July
Amrapali Mango28 June – 25 July
Mollika Mango1 July – 20 July
JulySurjoPuri Mango5 July – 15 August
Fazli Mango7 July – 7 September
Ashina Mango25 July – 20 September
Table of Mango Harvesting Times in Bangladesh

Buy Mangoes Online on Bikroy

Mangoes are undoubtedly one of the best fruits in the world. Their sweet taste is a welcome treat on hot days, and the nutrients they provide are incredible.

Nowadays the markets are infested with chemically treated mangoes to keep them from spoiling. This is why many individuals prefer to buy mangoes online in order to get fresh, organically grown mangoes straight from the orchards to their homes.

Looking for fresh mangoes? We got you! Here at Bikroy, we have listings from hundreds of mango sellers around the country. Find listings for all your favorite mango types at great prices.

FAQs:

Where can I buy mangoes online in Bangladesh?
You can find listings for all types of mangoes on Bikroy. Browse through sellers from all over the country and get a great deal on fresh organic mangoes delivered to your doorstep.

How do I know when a mango is ripe?
A ripe mango has many telltale signs. Bangladeshi mangoes are usually green on the outside regardless of how ripe they are, so the best way to test ripeness is by touch and smell. A ripe mango will be slightly soft when squeezed and smell very sweet.

How many calories are in a ripe mango?
A medium-sized mango contains 201 calories, which is only about 10% of your daily caloric needs. The number varies depending on the size and ripeness of the mango. Green mangoes have only about 60 calories – making them a healthier choice if you’re worried about weight gain.

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