Mangoes are a tropical, fleshy stone fruit, widely available throughout the world. Mangoes are often referred to as the "King of Fruits", and in several cultures, the leaves and fruit are used as decoration at weddings, public events, public ceremonies and religious ceremonies. Mangoes can be used in both sweet and savoury cooking, and unlike many other fruits, mangoes can be used when they are both a little bit under-ripe and a little bit over-ripe. The riper the mango, the sweeter the flesh. When choosing your mango, look for fruit that is firm and bright green in colour. If you squeeze the mango and find that the flesh gives underneath your fingers, it is over-ripe, verging on being unusable - so always look for firm fruit!

Mangoes tend to be paired with a few key ingredients - when prepared for a sweet dish, they are often put with other stone fruits such as peach and apricot, or with coconut or passion fruit. When prepared for a savoury dish, mangoes are often put with red chilli, lime juice, red peppers or fresh herbs. But these are not the only flavour pairings for mango - just take a look at the recipes above for more inspiration!