Introduction: Mango season
In July, Tainan County's lrwin mangoes are ripe and ready to be harvested. Red and
attractive to the eye outside and yellowish-orange on the inside, the aroma of the
mangoes make them so appetizing. Mangoes are the best in summer and a variety
of cool and refreshing desserts such mango slices, mango juice, mango ice, or even
mango jello can be made out of these wonderful fruits. These mango desserts will
bring you a sense of chill in the heat of summer and a sense of happiness!
It's mango season in summer. Follow the national highway into the mountainous
area in Tainan County and see the varieties mangoes with di erent colors such as
bright red, golden, orange, greenish-orange, and so on selling in farmer's markets.
These gem-stone like colors together with the sweet and juicy tastes or slightly
tangy tastes will satisfy di erent sets of taste buds. Be sure to stop at one of these
small markets and look for them.
No matter how hot it gets in summer, you can cool it down with a selection of cool
ideas starting with mangoes – making ice cream bar, chipped ice, smoothies,
mango juice, or even adding them to milk or creating your own cuisine out of them
makes some very tasty ideas.
Mango in Tainan County
Want to taste the sweetest and most fragrant mangoes? Come to Tainan County!
Yu Jin Township in Tainan County is the biggest mango-producing area in Taiwan.
Thanks to the farmers' hard work and delicate nurturing process mango varieties
like Irwin, Chiin Hwang, Tu ( ), Keitt, Tainung, Haden, Yu-wen and others, are
sweet, juicy and loved by all. In June and July, there are plenty of ripen fruits ready
and waiting to be send to the distribution centers and markets. The aromatic
mangoes seem to ll up the entire Yu Jin Township with lovely fragrance and a
sense of joy for the abundant harvest.
Very fragrant in smell
and velvety in esh
The Irwin mango is
what's often called in
Taiwan the "Apple –
Shih". Its apple-red skin
and rich aroma are its
biggest features. Its fruit
is soft, velvety with very
little bers and when
juiced, it's very sweet.
Its smooth texture and the intense fruitiness have won favors with many food
connoisseurs. Irwin mangoes are often processed and made into mango ice cream,
ice cream bar, salad, and it's used in many dishes. It is the most popular mango
planted in many plantations. In recent years, the Irwin mango has passed the
produce disease standard in Japan and began to be sold there. In addition of
economic bene ts, this fruit has once more help to solidify the title of "Nation of
Fruits" for Taiwan globally.
Chiin Hwang mangoes
Golden and smooth with just the
right amount of sweetness
Chiin Hwang mangoes are huge,
with the biggest ones reaching 2.5
kg in weight. Its skin is smooth and
delicate in appearance and mostly
golden in color with a touch of light
pink; it certainly looks appealing to
many. The meat of Chiin Hwang
mangoes is very silky with almost no
ber. Their aroma isn't as pungent as
Irwin mangoes but some people
prefer its texture and sweetness
without any hints of tartness
Juicy and brous
Comparing with Irwin and Chiin Hwang the Tu
mangoes are small with a sweet and tart taste that's
hard to forget. It's rather brous but the taste of its
juice is unique and stands out as having a somewhat
"peasantry" feel. It's mostly used for juicing and the
processed Tu mangoes are made into snacks favored
The secret of picking mangoes
If you're picking mangoes yourself you want to pick them right after they are
completely ripe and having the highest quality, but the most of the time you're
probably going to get them in markets and the farmers often harvest them when
they're about 70% to 80% ripe and arti cially ripen them before transporting them
to the markets to prevent bruises.If you're shopping for them look for ones with
rm and thick esh without insect-biting marks and small rips and tears. Also, for
each type, look and make sure the colors of each t their description, for example,
Irwin mangoes should be bright red with some yellow, and Chiin Hwang mangoes
should be orange yellow with a hint of red. If you know you won't be able to nish
the mangoes soon then avoid picking up fully ripened fruits. If you see small black
spots then it's time to place the mangoes into the refrigerator in order to prevent
them to become over ripen and then rotten.
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