I’m always excited to see mangoes in season. Growing up in tropical country, I ate many of these all year long. Originated in the Indian subcontinent and spread to other parts of the world, mango is the most cultivated fruit in the world. If you never have a mango before, the flesh itself is sweet with a big stone in the middle. It is being used a lot in the culinary world, such as chutney, lassi, dried mango as snacks, etc. Of course now the usage of mango is getting more and more popular too in the Western countries.
When I see the mango dessert recipe in Jamie’s 30 minute meals cookbook I just knew I have to make this. Well, I said “make” but really, the only work involved was cutting the mango into “hedgehog” style, which I always thought I’d never know how (never say never!), however I did!
The mango is accompanied with some mint and lightly sweetened with icing sugar and squeeze some lime on top and it’s really a perfect answer to satisfy your sweet cravings after a meal. It’s really not that sweet either, however, it’s just the right dose I needed. The combination of the taste of everything is so perfect!
MANGO HEDGEHOGS DESSERT
- 2 ripe mangoes
- 1 heaped tsp icing sugar (less or more as you wish)
- A few sprigs of fresh mint
- 1 lime
- Slice both mangoes down either side of the stone. Take each half and score a crisscross pattern about 2 cm down through the flesh, stopping at the skin
- Turn the skin inside out so the mango pieces pop up. Trim the skin off the middle bit where the stone is, then either chop chunks of flesh off or eat them as a treat
- Arrange the mango hedgehogs on a board and sieve 1 heaped tsp of icing sugar all over, then finely chop a few mint leave and sprinkle over. Slice the lime into wedges for serving. Take to the table