Mangos are one of the faster-growing produce categories in America and
currently the number one eaten fruit throughout the world. To promote this
popular fruit, Freska Produce, based in Oxnard, CA, is making an appearance
on Lifetime Channel's morning show "The Balancing Act."
The segment, which is scheduled to air April 9 and May 14, features Chef
Peter Edwards, who is a representative of Freska and who is also executive
chef at Watermark restaurant in Ventura, CA. Chef Edwards offers tricks for
knowing when a mango is ripe and methods for proper slicing as well as tasty
"Mangos are very nutritious and considered a super food," Freska co-founder
Gary Clevenger said in a March 16 press release. "They are easy to prepare in
a dish, which makes using them in everyday life and in any meal interesting
The mango's fruit is called a drupe, which consists of an edible fleshy outside
and an internal woody pit, and is tastiest when ripe. Mangos are high in
vitamins A and C, provide a substantial serving of dietary fiber and over 20
different vitamins and minerals. The tropical fruit is also free of sodium,
cholesterol and fat, making them a great daily addition to any healthy diet.
Freska Produce is the leading supplier of mangos and offers year-round
availability, which is quickly growing in demand throughout North America.
Freska Produce provides five different varieties: Hadens, Tommy Atkins,
Ataulfos, Kents and Keitts. Each variety has its own specific sweetness, and all
offer a wealth of nutritional benefits. Freska's web site,
www.freskaproduce.com, provides informational videos detailing how to
properly eat a mango and prepare mango recipes.
"There are hundreds of mango varieties all over the world," Mr. Clevenger
added in the press release. "The ones we provide are the most popular in the
United States. People are becoming more familiar with the fruit and learning
how to enjoy the tropical flavor in their favorite meals."