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November 7, 2008

The first full pick of Calypso™ Mangoes is now hitting shelves. These offer a small seed giving bigger cheeks and more juicy flesh to enjoy.

Here are some recipe ideas from the Calypso™ Mango people - a tempting salad, a great cocktail and a luscious dessert.

Prawn and mango macadamia salad with lemon basil dressing
Serves 4

2 large mangoes, peeled and sliced
¾ kg cooked prawns
1 cup roasted, salted macadamias – crushed into large chunks
1 bag of fresh baby spinach leaves

¼ cup lemon juice
2 tablespoons light olive oil
1 tablespoon fresh chopped basil
Pinch of freshly ground black pepper

Combine the dressing ingredients into a lidded jar and shake.

Layer baby spinach leaves, prawns and mango slices onto four large plates. Drizzle with lemon basil dressing.

Sprinkle with crushed macadamias to serve.

TIP:  This salad works very well with shredded smoked chicken or pieces of cooked salmon fillet as an alternative to prawns.

Mango champagne cocktail
Serves 4

1 large mango, peeled
2 tablespoons cognac
chilled sparkling wine or champagne
fresh lime and mango slices for garnish

Combine the mango pieces and cognac together in a blender and puree until smooth.

Take four chilled martini glasses and divide the mango puree evenly between them. Top up each glass with chilled sparkling wine or champagne. Stir gently to blend and serve with sliced lime or mango as a garnish.

Mango Trifle
Serves 6

6 jam mini rolls
600ml vanilla pouring custard
3 large ripe mangoes, cut into cubes
6 tablespoons double cream
6 large drinking glasses to serve

Cut one jam mini roll into 4-5 pieces and place into the bottom of a large drinking glass. Add a few cubes of fresh mango. Pour over 100ml of vanilla custard. Top the custard with more fresh mango cubes. Add a tablespoon of double cream to serve.

Christmas variation:
Replace the vanilla custard with brandy custard and top the trifle with grated white chocolate for that extra special Christmas touch.

Weblink: Check out the Calypso Mango site for more information

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