Mango puree is an easy and versatile one to have on hand for your baby. While mangoes are too tart to serve to babies on their own, they are delicious when mixed with other food. This 1 mango that could have gone unused will now yield enough puree to mix with:
- blueberry puree and whole milk yogurt
- mashed banana and oatmeal
- chicken and black beans
- parsnip puree
Mangoes have a deliciously sweet, tart taste and are easy to digest. They provide your baby with vitamin A, vitamin C, copper, potassium, thiamin, folate and disease fighting antioxidants. Mangoes are also a good source of fiber and can be helpful when your baby is constipated. Look for mangoes that have a smooth orange/red skin that gives a little when squeezed. Allow under ripe mangoes to ripen at room temperature for a few days. Whole, ripe mangoes will stay fresh at room temperature for about 1 week. If fresh mango is not available, frozen can be used as well, just steam for about 7 minutes before pureeing.
Mango puree is suitable for babies 7-9 months and up. Always make sure the consistency is one your baby can handle.
What you'll need:
1 ripe mango
Wash the mango thoroughly under cold running water, peel and cut the fruit away from the pit. Mango pits are woven into the fiber of the fruit so it is virtually impossible to remove the pit on it's own. That is why it is best to just cut the fruit away from the pit.
Place the chopped mango into the food processor and pulse until the desired consistency is achieved.
Serve or store. Mango puree will stay fresh in Sage Spoonfuls jars for up to 3 days in the refrigerator and up to 3 months in the freezer.
1 mango yields 8 oz of puree for only $0.50!