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This is an industry geared post.
Even though the rain is currently falling and the snow dropping, spring is definitely coming. It always does and when it does mango sales increase. The way we crave comfort food in the winter is exactly the way we crave healthy and vibrant foods in the spring. Mangoes are both healthy and vibrant and Ataulfos are the most vibrant and healthy mangoes we have access to in our organic marketplace. The buttery smooth Ataulfo flesh makes them extremely versatile for cooking and they are easy to please consumers price wise with sizing at 14/16/18 vs 8/9/10. The Crespo Organic Ataulfo program is robust. Not only do we take sizing and quality seriously but we have invested in the consistency of volume necessary to build sales and ongoing national programs. The Crespo Organic seasons starts in late January and moves through the end of August, so its also long one- worthy of some attention, especially as Ataulfos take off as the fastest growing organic varietal among consumers.
I am lucky to live in California, a place where citrus literally falls off trees in winter and brightens our rain soak days. Our grocery stores and farmers markets are brimming with a variety of brightly hued choices and my neighbors give me buckets of Meyer lemons, mandarins, oranges as well as a cluster of other varieties. So we may have went a little crazy in the Crespo Organic Kitchen the last few weeks creating recipes with these offerings. Mangoes compliment citrus perfectly by balancing with sweetness, eliminating the need for excess sugar. The perfumed nature of ripe mangoes balances the deep rich flavor of citrus peels. We are quite pleases with these recipes and think we offer something for everyone – sweet and savory. Its a celebration of the magic that occurs when mangoes are paired with citrus!
Minneola Mini Mango Cakes with Mango Cremé Anglaise and Citrus & Barberry Floral Salsa
This recipe was adapted from Dori Greenspans Mediterranean Yogurt Cake with Clementines. I took the concepts of yogurt and olive oil cake and made it even moister by adding mango puree. I got further inspired by love of the Middle East and exotic flavors and decided to included barberries and sumac. These mini cakes have excellent texture and vibrancy from the citrus zest and a perfumed quality from the mangoes. We serve them with Mango Crème Anglaise and Citrus Flower Salsa for an effect that’s quite magical.
I find out in this new cocktail recipe inspired by local Absinthe
This cocktail is inspired by one of my favorite teas and a bottle of locally made (Marin County) absinthe I was gifted on a recent writing assignment for Edible Marin & Wine Country Magazine. (The Crespo Organic Kitchen creates its magic from my Ger-Nis Culinary kitchen in Bolinas, California.)
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