The irresistible mango that’s hitting stores right now

It’s the most famous mango you’ve never heard of. Honey mangos are small golden oblongs—about half the size of traditional mangos—with smooth, velvety flesh.

Why we love them:

  • They’re typically sweeter and more succulent than other mango varieties.
  • You can remove their delicate skin with a vegetable peeler.
  • Slicing off pieces around the thin oval pit is easier than removing the sometimes-fibrous flesh around an ordinary mango pit.

If you don’t see honey mangos—they’re also called Champagne, Manila, or Ataulfo—at your local market, try a grocer like Whole Foods.

Can’t find honeys? No worries. All mangos are good mangos. And just one cup delivers around 65 percent of a day’s vitamin C, 20 percent of a day’s folate, and 10 percent of a day’s vitamin A and fiber, all for 100 calories. That’s a pretty sweet deal.

You’ll know your honey mango is ripe when the skin turns deep golden yellow and starts to wrinkle just slightly. It will yield to a gentle squeeze, and the sweet aroma from the stem end may be the best thing you’ll smell all day.

The great news: peak honey season is March to June. Buy a few—or a case—to save yourself the hassle of running back to the store after you taste your first one. doesn’t accept any paid advertising or corporate or government funding. Any products recommended by have been vetted by our staff of nutritionists and are not advertisements by the manufacturers.
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The information in this post first appeared in the March 2018 issue of Nutrition Action Healthletter.

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3 Replies to “The irresistible mango that’s hitting stores right now”

  1. They’re also called Haitian mangos, and have been available in NYC produce markets for a few years now. Only when in season. I’ve found that when one of these mangos reaches the slightly wrinkly stage it can mean that it’s over-ripe and turning brown inside. But they are absolutely delicious and worth taking a chance on.

  2. I’ve tried to get mangos that are in good condition; one store sold me a mango that was overripe (“mushy” inside).

    How do I avoid fruit that is not in good condition when I cannot see what is wrong with it?

    1. If you get a way over ripe mango, avacado, bordering on rotten, just take it back to the grocery store and show them! They should refund your money sometimes even on your word that the food was not good, not edible! Disappointing when you wanted to eat or serve it immediately!

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