When you hear about a mango kiwi smoothie, it is typical for anyone to automatically picture the variety of mangoes and kiwis they are used to. You wouldn’t really think of anything grand coming off it and that is exactly what I am going to prove otherwise in this article.
Contrary to the usual expectations, there are so many different varieties of both mangoes and kiwis. Each variety has their own unique traits and taste that can make really awesome combinations, and will take your regular mango kiwi smoothie up to a new level of greatness.
Different types of mangoes
Mangoes are tropical fruits that usually grow in warmer climates. I grew up to having mangoes in my yard and have always known that there are different varieties to choose from.
Once you are familiar with the many different varieties, you will know that it is possible for you to want a mango, but not want a mango, depending on your mood. You will also find yourself asking what kind of mango it is before you can decide whether you do want it or not.
Ataulfo Mango Variety
Ataulfo mangos are very abundant in Mexico. Compared to other mango varieties, ataulfos are characterized by their small seeds which enables you to enjoy more flesh from the fruit.
It is vibrantly yellow and the flesh itself does not have fibers compared to other varieties, especially the flesh closest to the seed. It is usually very sweet and creamy which makes them perfect for desserts and smoothies.
Francis Mango Variety
Francis mangoes originated and are widely grown in the Caribbean. Though trying to distinguish one variety from another is tricky especially if you are new to it, the Francis mango variety often has a very defined rich, full taste that is sweet and a bit spicy.
The flesh is soft and very juicy at the same time, which is also fibrous. It is elongated with a slight cleft, and also has a yellow skin like most mangoes, but with green patches. The riper it gets, the less green spots there will be.
Hayden Mango Variety
This mango is one of the oldest mangoes that can be found in the states and something that people across the country are very familiar with. This mango variety has been in the country since the early years of the 19th century and is a huge industry in the southern part of Florida.
Compared to other mango varieties, the hayden mangoes have a much stronger aroma that is rich and fruity. It has a fibrous flesh that is firm and a perfect source of healthy fibers, especially if you add them to your smoothies.
This is also probably one of the most colorful mango variety due to its red, white and green spots on the generally yellow skin. The green patches often turn to yellow as it ripens, so the less green spots there is, the riper it is.
Keitts Mango Variety
The keitts mangoes are more popular in Asian countries and are enjoyed both as matured, green mangoes and as ripe mangoes. As matured greens, they may be used as side dishes when chopped down with fish paste and tomatoes, or may be fermented and preserved as pickles. There are so many mango recipes that you may also enjoy and are definitely worth exploring.
When ripe, keitt mangoes are rich and sweet. The flesh are usually firm but does not have a lot of fibers. These mangoes are usually green in color, with a patch of pink.
Unlike most varieties, the color of this mango remains mostly green regardless of whether it is ripe or not. The only way you can gauge the ripeness is by the softness of the fruit. Be careful about squeezing it since you definitely do not want a bruised mango.
Hailing Mango Variety
The hailing mangoes is another variety grown in Florida. It is the most popularly grown variety in the state and also the one that is most readily available in the market. It is a red-skinned mango with patches of orange and yellow. It also has a mild, sweet taste and a firm fibrous flesh.
This mango is a very rich source of fiber and commonly used in smoothie recipes, also due to it’s ready availability nationwide. The skin, however, does not change in color which makes trying to distinguish a matured fruit versus a ripened one very tricky. The only way you can find out is by doing a touch and squeeze test.
Palmers Mango Variety
This variety is also popularly grown in Florida for commercial consumption. It has a smoothly elongated and smooth flesh with hardly any fibers. While the color is very similar to the hailing mango variety, the palmers variety has a darker color bordering reddish violet.
They also have a mild and sweet taste just like the hailing mangoes. The only real difference between these two varieties are in the amount of fibers found in the flesh, since this one contains considerably less fibers.
There are more mango varieties which you may be able to get all over the world. Since these fruits are grown worldwide, cross breeding and adaptation has given forth to so many mango varieties which can be very unique depending on the country they will be originating from.
The Most Popular Kiwi Varieties
The best thing about kiwi as a fruit is that you can eat them whole, from the skin down to the seeds. They are a very nutritious fruit that is rich in so many vitamins. By eating the skin, you get to enjoy more fiber into your diet.
Hayward Kiwi Variety
The Green Hayward kiwi is the most popular variety of kiwi, which is also commonly referred to as the kiwi fruit. While there are other varieties of kiwi fruits available, most growers in the US finds this variety the best to grow, basically monopolizing the market in the US.
Unless you intentionally look for imported fruits, you will be hard put to find other kiwi varieties in the states. The hayward kiwi variety is very to distinguish with its brown skin with fine and fussy hair it.
Gold Kiwi Variety
Just like its name, the gold kiwi variety has a skin that is golden in color, while the flesh inside is green. The texture is very similar to the hayward variety though the consistency becomes very creamy once it is ripened.
Trying to define the taste of the golden kiwi is rather complicated, but think of it as a combination of bananas, strawberries and lemon. It is sweet, creamy and with a hint of sourness.
Hardy Kiwi Variety
The hardy kiwi variety is one of the smallest kiwi variety available, and is only around the size of grapes. It has a very smooth skin and are ideally eaten with the skin left on. It is the perfect variety to be grown in cooler climates, and may even be grown in your yard if you are inclined and interested in growing your own.
Kolomikta Kiwi Variety
The kolomikta kiwis are also grown in much cooler temperatures and are most popular in the arctic, which makes them very popularly known as the Arctic kiwi fruit. While they are smaller than the hayward kiwis, they are slightly bigger than the hardy kiwis. Due to its smaller size, they are packed with more nutrients with up to ten times more than those contained in hayward kiwis.
Making a Mango Kiwi Smoothie
Now that you know about all the different varieties of mangoes and kiwis, and some of their common charactestics, you can combine them any way you see fit. You can even combine multiple varieties of mangoes with your kiwi to create your own unique mango kiwi smoothie.
Green mango kiwi smoothie recipe
This is a combination of green mangoes and ripe mango, plus kiwi. You can choose not to include a ripe mango but I like adding them for a fuller taste, just to balance out the sourness of green mangoes. You can use as much or as little of each ingredient as you see fit, depending on your preference.
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Ripe Mango Kiwi Smoothie Recipe
I enjoy the fullness and creaminess of ripe mangoes and kiwis combination. Adding milk to the recipe gives it a fuller taste but you may replace it with water if you don’t want to use milk. Simply combine ripe mangoes, kiwi fruits and fresh milk in a blender. Blend everything together for a very easy, very simple recipe.
A green mango kiwi smoothie contains more vitamin c than a ripe mango kiwi smoothie. Ripe mangoes also contain more natural sugar so opt for a green mango kiwi smoothie if you have blood sugar concerns or if you are on a diet.