There are several kinds of mangoes in the world. But there is one unique kind of mango that captured the hearts of many people. And that is, the highly proclaimed sweetest mango in the world by the Guinness Book of World Records, the Carabao Mango.
The Carabao Mango is found in the Philippines and named by the Philippine Government as the Mala Super Mango because of its super health benefits. The Carabao mango is even more slender-looking mango compared to other mangoes found. It’s flesh is green when raw that can turn into yellow-green when ripe and is also softer that makes it almost impossible to peel using a knife.
An Overview of the Carabao Mango
Foreign travelers to the Philippines will often remember the Carabao Mango first of all when asked what they enjoyed the most in this country and what keeps pulling them back there.
The fruit’s popularity in this country is tremendous, you’ll often find it slightly overpriced on many of the fruit stands precisely because locals know how mesmerizing they are to visitors. In fact, the Carabao Mango is the country’s main agricultural pillar and a source of immense pride. The Philippines actually rank sixth among the world’s top mango producers after China, Pakistan, Brazil, Mexico and India. The mango sector in the Philippines offers mango in many shapes and forms: frozen mangoes, fried mangoes, mango concentrates, mango juice, mango puree, mango in brine and mango preserves.
Apart from the Carabao Mango, you can also expect to find two other important mango varieties: the Pico mango and the Katchamita mango. However each of these have their own characteristics, so you can easily distinguish them in the end. When it comes to the Carabao Mango itself, it’s important to note there are 14 different strains of mango. The Sweet Elena of Zambales is the sweetest strain of Carabao mango.
The Carabao Mango is typically sweet and is quite renowned for this famous, delicious taste. Filipinos typically eat these mangoes both raw and ripe, it doesn’t really matter, since they derive plenty of pleasure from both versions.
What’s In the Carabao Mango?
It’s easy to get seduced by the Carabao Mango and believe this fruit’s only benefit consists of its exotic appearance and aroma. However this couldn’t be farther from the truth, since the Carabao Mango is also packed with vitamins, minerals and nutrients that support the well-being of your immune system and actively protect your body from certain ailments and health conditions.
So let’s see what exactly it is that makes this fruit great by looking closer at a Carabao Mango’s nutritional value. So for a serving of 0.75 cup of about 140g of fruit you can expect to benefit from the following:
- 40 mg of sodium – Sodium is very important to the human body, since it regulates the electrolytes levels in the body, which in turn control how energy is distributed throughout. Sodium is especially important to athletes who tend to push themselves physically beyond their limits. However it’s a tricky balance to reach when it comes to the intake you need daily. It all depends on the amounts of energy you need to carry out through your day.
- 170 mg of potassium – This is an essential mineral in the human body, since it helps regulate the fluid levels and it ensures proper functioning of muscle contraction and nerve signals.
- 2g of fiber – If your diet is high in fiber, you can rest assured your blood sugar levels will go down, as well as those of your bad cholesterol. Additionally, fiber is also an excellent factor in promoting smooth gastrointestinal processes. Your bowel movements will run more smoothly and you will be relieved from constipation when on a fiber-rich diet. Fiber also gives your body a great feeling of satiety, which means you won’t feel the need to scour for unhealthy snacks anymore.
- 350% of the Daily Recommended Value of vitamin A – This is the single most important vitamin in the body when it comes to the protection of your eye health. This vitamin is also great in preventing age-related macular diseases from occurring, which means you can count on your good eyesight for years at a time when benefitting from a vitamin A-rich diet.
- 6% of the DRV of vitamin C – When it comes to the health of your body tissues, it’s important to note the huge role that vitamin C plays in it. This is because it’s responsible for the maintenance and repair of all tissues in the body. This vitamin also stands behind the production of collagen in the body, while also playing a key role in healing whatever wounds you may have. The proper functioning of bones and cartilages is also backed up by a good intake of vitamin C.
- 5% of the DRV of iron – When you have plenty of iron intake in the body, you can rest assured your energy levels are properly optimized. This mineral also smooths over the gastrointestinal processes. When having a lack of iron in the body, a condition which is called anemia, you will most likely feel fatigue, shortness of breath, weakness, chest pain and brittle nails.
- 22g of carbohydrates – Carbohydrates are the body’s main source of energy, so the carbohydrates contained by the Carabao Mango are also welcome to the human body. Eating this fruit will leave you feeling refreshed and invigorating regardless of when you choose to eat it.
Just like other mangoes, the Carabao Mango is rich in essential nutrients like calcium, potassium, amino acids and magnesium. These nutrients helps relax muscles when you’re stressed out and lowers the risk of developing cancer and other diseases. Several studies reveal that mangoes has three times more vitamin C than a piece of orange or apple.
Having seen how richly packed the Carabao Mango is when it comes to nutrients, it’s safe to say that it’s an ideal aid in preventing and fighting off a number of important ailments and health conditions:
- Prevents natural aging: Due to the high vitamin C content, the Carabao Mango automatically becomes one of nature’s best kept secrets in terms of the antioxidants they contain. Antioxidants are crucial to the youth and well-being of the human body, since they actively and successfully fight free radicals that accelerate the natural cellular aging process. These compounds are brought on by harmful activities and settings such as pollution, smoking and drinking alcohol.
- Helps athletes in their endeavours: This fruit contains magnesium, which helps relax the muscles – a crucial quality to athletes. Apart from this, the potassium it contains also helps regulate nerve signals and muscle contraction, which is extremely useful while exercising. Fluid levels will also be maintained at optimum numbers when eating enough carabao mango.
- Helps improve brain function and regulate moods: These same minerals help stimulate better nerve signaling, which keeps your brain more alert, aware and coordinated. Apart from this, magnesium also helps regulate moods, being an excellent aid in staving off symptoms of anxiety and depression.
- Helps maintain good eye health: As mentioned before, the vitamin A the Carabao Mango contains will help you maintain good eyesight even in your later years of life, if you’re regularly eating this fruit.
- Helps maintain digestion: The fiber content of the Carabao Mango ensures smooth digestion and will prevent constipation. Your bowel movements will run more smoothly and you won’t need to snack anymore due to the feeling of satiety it brings to the table.
As you can see, the Carabao Mango is more than just a typical exotic fruit with an alluring aspect and enrapturing taste. It’s actually extremely healthy and it explains why so many Filipinos regularly turn to this fruit in their daily lives. It helps their energy levels stay up, it invigorates and hydrates them, it keeps them young and it helps their bodies prevent certain unpleasant health conditions. What’s not to love about the Carabao Mango? It’s no wonder so many countries are trying to underhandedly sell versions of this fruit at sometimes unfair prices.
Storing Your Carabao Mango
It would be a shame to get your Carabao Mangoes only to have them ripen too quickly or, even worse, never ripening enough to be enjoyable. This is why it’s essential to know how to properly store your mangoes so you can get the best out of them. In this respect, they are quite similar to regular mangos and the Carabao mango storing requirements don’t differ much:
- If your Carabao mangoes are still relatively raw, you can easily leave them on the counter for a couple of more days. You’ll watch them ripen further under your very eyes and they’ll become both sweeter and softer. If you want to speed up this process, you can even leave your Carabao mango in a paper bag.
- If however your Carabao mangoes aren’t ripe yet, don’t put them in the refrigerator. Being subjected to low temperatures will halt their ripening process.
- It’s recommended that you place your Carabao mangoes in the fridge only if they are already ripe and you need to slow this process down a little bit. If they are whole, they will still be fresh and ready to be eaten for up to another five when kept in the refrigerator.
- If you’ve already cut your mangoes, you can place the chunks or cubes in an airtight container inside the refrigerator, which will give them extra days of freshness.
- You can also store them cut as they are in the freezer. This way they will last much longer – for up to six months, enabling you to enjoy their delicious aroma at a much later date.
- The Carabao Mango is also an excellent fruit to dry up and eat later on as a healthy and delicious snack. Be sure to follow all the steps in the mango drying process, so as to not have any unnecessary moisture retained, which will ultimately spoil the end result.
Using the Carabao Mango
The Carabao Mango is extremely delicious and exotic, while its soft texture makes it alluring and easy to include in a regular diet. Filipinos tend to eat the Carabao Mango both raw and ripe and, as a rule, this fruit is mostly enjoyed in its raw form, as a delicious and healthy snack.
However it’s a pretty versatile fruit that has found its way into our lives in many shapes and forms. Having said this, it’s important to remember that you can:
Juice it – That’s right, the Carabao Mango makes for an excellent drink in those hot summer days. Due to its soft texture, this fruit can easily be juiced in your home and enjoyed as a refreshing drink.
Include it in your breakfast – Cut your Carabao Mango up and mix it up with your morning Greek yoghurt. Add any other fruits that suit your liking and get a great kick-start to your day.
Include it in a smoothie – Mangoes make excellent ingredients in smoothies. Add whatever other fruits you like the most and obtain a smoothie that will tickle your palate and leave you feeling satiated on any given day.
Dry it up – Dry your mango up and nibble on it for months to come, whenever you feel the need to indulge on a healthy and delicious dessert.
Get creative and include it in various dishes – Just as with regular mangoes, Carabao Mangoes can go a long way when included in desserts and other dishes. You can include them in salads, chutneys, relishes, currys, delights and many more other dishes. Check out the mango recipes available and choose the one that fits your taste the most. Of course, you’ll need to replace regular mangoes with delicious Carabao Mangoes that will bring extra zest and flavor.
The Carabao Mango is also meant for export turning them into fruit nectars. But the most famous and top export made from Carabao Mango is the dried mangoes. It is made into a tasty dried fruit healthy snack for everyone to enjoy.
Moreover, the Carabao Mango can be eaten raw or ripe. You can simply peel the flesh off easily if it’s still raw. But when it’s ripe, you simply cut the mango into three slices horizontally. Both can be made into a juice drink or a fruit shake.
As you can see, Carabao Mangoes are so much more than generic exotic fruits and it’s clear to see how they’ve become the agricultural staple of the Philippines. They are soft and delicious, easy to use and easy to store.
Apart from this, and perhaps the most important factor of all, they are extremely healthy antioxidant fruits. They are packed with vitamins and minerals that are essential to the human body, giving it the sustenance it needs to maintain optimal energy levels, a sturdy immune system and to fight off unwanted health conditions.
It’s no wonder so many other countries are trying to inadvertently sell this fruit or lackluster variations of it at unreasonable prices. The Carabao Mango has definitely got under everyone’s skin and if you’ve already traveled to the Philippines and tried it yourself, you probably know this feeling. In many ways, it’s just easily distinguishable and superior to the regular mango we’re all used to – the flavor is stronger, leaving a powerful mark on the memory. What’s your experience with the Carabao Mango? Have you found new ways to enjoy this exquisite natural wonder? Please let us know in the comments, so others can also find out everything this fruit has to offer the world.