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A taste of the Tropics

Posted: July 28, 2009 7:24 p.m.
Updated: July 29, 2009 4:30 a.m.
Want to take a vacation in the tropics? Look no further than the kitchen for an island-style escape. Let the fresh, delicious flavor of mango and onion enhance the meal and help transport you and your dinner guests on a taste adventure without ever leaving home.

Onion facts
  •  Onions add the perfect combination of flavor and nutrition to any dish.
  •  Yellow, red and white onions from the U.S. are available year round. Fresh onions are available from March to August. Storage onions, harvested in early fall, are marketed the remainder of the year.
  •  Chopped or sliced onions can be stored in a sealed container in the refrigerator for up to 7 days.
  •  To reduce tears when cutting onions, use a sharp, straight-edge knife. Refrigerating an onion about 30 minutes prior to cutting will also lessen the chemical reaction that causes tears.
  •  Choose fresh onions with thin, light-colored skins free of spots or blemishes. Store in a cool, dry, well-ventilated location.
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Mango facts
  •  Mangos are a year-round source of the naturally sweet, refreshing taste of the tropics.
  •  Mangos contain more than 20 different vitamins and minerals, are a good source of dietary fiber, and are an excellent source of vitamins C and A, both important antioxidant nutrients.
  •  To determine ripeness, squeeze the mango gently. A ripe mango should give slightly, but not be too soft.
  •  To ripen firm mangos, store at room temperature. They will continue to ripen and become sweeter and softer over several days.
  •  Once ripe, store mangos in the refrigerator for up to five days.
  •  Learn more about this tantalizing tropical treat at


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