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Buy This: Three ways to enjoy the sunny taste of mangoes

Mango Sorbetto from Ciao Bella
Mango Sorbetto from Ciao Bella

Longing to be lounging under a mango tree in some sunny tropical locale? Dream on. It will be some time before travel gets back to whatever will become our new “normal.” But you can enjoy these mango treats and dream of vacations to come. What’s fun is that they all pair sweet, juicy mango with a little savory or a little heat. We hope you’ll like these as much as we do.

Mango Sorbetto from Ciao Bella 

Eating a spoonful of Mango Sorbetto from Ciao Bella (part of the world of delicious frozen treats from Marietta-based High Road Craft Ice Cream) is like biting into a big juicy mango, without having to peel it, without dealing with the sticky juices, without working around that pesky pit. It’s just pure mango bliss. When you get tired of just spooning it out of the pint container, think about putting a scoop into a spritz or enjoy as you see in the photo, mixed with the first strawberries of the season. You can pick up your Mango Sorbetto at Whole Foods, Publix and The Fresh Market, but you can shop online for other luscious flavors like pear and peppercorn, blood orange and blueberry passion fruit. (And check out the gelato, ice cream and ice cream sandwiches, too.) There’s free shipping in the metro Atlanta area and if you want to share some with family and friends so you can have a sorbetto Zoom call one late afternoon, there’s $24.99 flat rate shipping across the United States.

$5.69 per pint. Available at Whole Foods Market, Publix and The Fresh Market. Other flavors available online at https://www.highroadcraft.com/shop

Tango a Mango from Nutty Goodness 

Tango a Mango from Nutty Goodness/Provided by Chase Brothers
Tango a Mango from Nutty Goodness/Provided by Chase Brothers

Seems we’re all doing a lot more snacking these days with everybody hanging out at home. Are you worrying about the quality of those snacks? In 2016, the team at Nutty Goodness in Charleston, South Carolina, set out to introduce a healthy snack that would work for active lifestyles - something fruity, something nutty, something that could go in a pocket or backpack, something with organic ingredients and no added sweeteners and something with a little chew. The result was Nutty Goodness, a snack Christopher West, the chief executive officer, calls a fruit leather-nut bar hybrid. We think it will appeal to fans of both. There are five flavors: Nana Rama, Snappy Ginger, Pineapple Paradiso, Strawberry Fields and our new favorite, Tango a Mango, made from mangoes, cashews and cayenne pepper. (Pineapple Paradiso includes mangoes in its mix, too.) We loved the little bit of heat from the cayenne and the fact that it’s fruit-sweet but not sugar-sweet. The resealable pouches keep everything fresh and help us keep from consuming the whole thing at once!

$29.90 for variety pack with 10 1.5-ounce pouches, two of each flavor. Available online at https://nuttygoodness.com/

Mango Tango from Emily G’s 

Mango Tango from Emily G’s
Mango Tango from Emily G’s

Mango Tango is one of the seasonal offerings of Dunwoody-based Emily G’s. Jennifer Burns has been stirring up all natural jams and sauces made with seasonal, local ingredients since 2008. Starting her business with just four flavors, she now offers more than 18. What we particularly like about Mango Tango is that like the other products we’re featuring this week, it’s not sticky sweet. The translucent jam lets the mango flavor shine through and shows off the bits of red bell pepper and cilantro that add the “savory” to the mix. The little bit of bite comes from ginger. We can eat it by the spoonful (and have) but we like wherever we’d use pepper jelly. It’s a great glaze for shrimp or salmon and on the website, you’ll find ideas for using it in a chicken stir fry, in a Mango Tango and goat cheese sandwich and as a dip for eggrolls. We’ll probably stir the last of our jar into a vinaigrette for a salad using the pretty Georgia lettuce available at local farmers markets these days.

$8.50 per 10-ounce jar. Available at The Front Porch of Vinings, Under the Pecan Tree and Nuts ‘n Berries, or online at https://emilygs.com/

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