Summer is a mango season in Hawaii, and it is a perfect time to eat this wonderful fruit. Hawaiian mangoes are so sweet and flavorful that they just ask to be made into a luscious dessert. Hence this recipe. I have been blessed with so many mangoes this summer, I wanted to come up with more ways to eat them besides just adding them to smoothies and fruit salads.
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Mango sorbet was the first thing that came to mind, but so many versions I tried before did not live up to my expectations. It was mainly because of the texture - very often the sorbet comes out somewhat icy and crystallized, and not smooth due to the high water content in the fruit. I wanted the sorbet that is perfectly smooth and creamy, and yet had all the rich flavor of fresh mangoes.
By the way, you can use any type of mangoes in this recipe, just make sure they are fully ripe and not over-ripened. When mangoes over-ripe they start fermenting and producing alcohol, which can ruin the whole flavor (unless you like boozy mangoes, of course). With that being said, I actually did have to turn to the help of alcohol in the form of unflavored vodka to achieve the creamy texture, but the amount of it in this recipe is so small, you cannot taste it. Since alcohol doesn't freeze, it prevents the sorbet mixture from crystallizing when put in a freezer. For the same reason I used a bit of maple syrup and a bit of xanthan gum to stabilize the texture and achieve perfectly smooth sorbet.
If you don't want any added sugar in the sorbet (the mangoes are sweet enough on their own) , you can skip the maple syrup. The texture may not be that creamy, but it will still be delicious.
Even though mangoes contain a lot of natural sugars and need to be enjoyed in moderation, they are low in calories and full of nutrients and health benefits. Mango is particularly high in vitamin C, which aids immunity, iron absorption and growth and repair. It also has over a dozen different type of polyphenols, which function as antioxidants inside your body, including mangiferin, which is especially powerful. Besides that mango may help boost immunity, support heart health, improve digestion, support eye health and improve hair and skin (to learn more check out this article Mango: Nutrition, Health Benefits and How to Eat It).
One thing to remember is that the best way to eat fruit is on empty stomach, because it digests very quickly. So if you are planning to serve this sorbet as a course of your dinner, eat dessert first!
Give it a try and let me know what you think.
Get the recipe here.
This recipe is
Refined Sugar Free
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