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Mangoes are one of the world's most popular fruits, but they are a tropical fruit many of us are late in discovering. Naturally sweet and juicy, they are a marvelous way to introduce children to wholesome fresh fruits.

The mango season runs from now through September, so now is the time to try them. Choose mangoes that are slightly soft. Firmer ones will ripen at room temperature in a few days. Many mangoes are imported from Mexico, where the climate is ideal for growing this tropical fruit.

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Here are some ideas for using fresh mangoes. Try a mango garnish with eggs at breakfast. Top cheesecake, crepes, yogurt, cottage cheese, shortcake, or ice cream with slices of mango.

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