Ode to Trader Joe’s

One thing is certain.  *Somebody* at Trader Joe’s pays attention to mangoes.  They are a small format store, and I truly appreciate just how many mango products they offer.

Take a look at this awesome sample:


And these yummies are just a start.   Now.  I don’t work for Trader Joe’s or accept bribes or anything else from them.   Regardless, let me be a blogging fool and Trader Joe’s tool and tell all of you fellow mango fiends out there that they sell Apricot Mango Greek Yogurt (my favorite flavored yogurt of all time), Papaya Mango Fresh Salsa (soooo good with pork tenderloin), Mango Black Tea, and even Honey Mango Shaving Cream (yes, it smells as good as it sounds) – all under its own brand.  This is a *very impressive* mango effort.  I’ve probably missed some products too, but I think you get the idea:   Trader Joe’s is a mango-friendly kind of place.  If you have a Trader Joe’s store near your home, check them out.  Their mango products deserve your business!

On the fresh mango front, the results are admittedly mixed.  I’ve seen the dreaded Tommy Atkins mangoes (see my blog on THAT topic) but I’ve also seen delicious Kents.  Like always, I encourage you to speak to the produce folks.  Tell them you want buttery, smooth-fleshed fresh mangoes, not the stringy kind with bland flavor!

Mango Salsa – Yum!

This site would NOT be complete without a blog post devoted entirely to the ever-tasty mango salsa.  Oh the love’s gonna start pouring in because, frankly, mango salsa is good with just about anything.  I love it with pork.  Other folks love with fish or beef.  It’s alllllll good.

But…some of us are in a hurry, and we can’t fathom the idea of the chopping and cutting necessary to make a decent salsa.  No problem.  Mango Maven’s got your back.  I mentioned in my “Ode to Trader Joe’s” post that they sell a delicious mango and papaya salsa.  And how lucky are we that Costco sells a really tasty one too – I think with peach, not papaya.  Both are really, really good offerings.  In each store, you’ll find the salsas in the fresh, refrigerated goods section.   I’m happy to add other fresh salsas here from other markets too.  Just let me know what else is out there!

For those of you that would like to chop and cut your way to making your own mango salsa, here are three top drawer resources, each a little different: