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Holiday Cheer is #MangoJoy

December 22, 2021

Mango-Centric recipes sure to bring in some needed holiday cheer!

It’s been a heck of a few years and it’s looking like the year ahead isn’t going to give us too much of a COVID break. But if we have learned anything in these past COVID years, it’s how to find and feel the joy regardless of our circumstances. How to move past the difficulties and support each other and our communities, which is for us on both sides of the border.

We anticipate another difficult season with climate change, COVID and the general problems of the world that seem to keep coming at full force! We are hunkered down with our families, resting and  celebrating for the next few weeks feeling gratitude and love and preparing for the 2022 season which will begin at the end of January. Whatever will happen in 2022, we promise that we are here to bring much more #MangoJoy than ever before and are always prepared to do so…

So regardless of if you are traveling this holiday season, or staying put, be kind and loving to each other. And seek and feel joy!

Here are a few of our favorite holiday recipes from the Crespo Organic Kitchen that are certain to bring more cheer into these years ending!

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Mango Macadamia Nut Chili Brittle

December 19, 2021

Another holiday winner from the Crespo Organic Kitchen!

You know how much I hate mango recipes that seem meaningless, like someone just tossed mangoes into an already perfect recipe and they think they had a clever idea.  Not even examining the ideal way to incorporate a mango into the recipe. The way mangoes are often put into recipes, especially by people selling the commodity is often reckless.

Creating recipes for commodities is difficult. On one hand you must be constantly churning out new ideas and on the other, at least if you are like me- they need to be realistic, delicious and lead people to want to make them again and again.  Most of the people that want mango recipes, are generally mango lovers. I feel significant obligation in making sure all the recipes that I or anyone in the Crespo Organic Kitchen creates are not just marketing gimmicks designed to get those folks to buy more mangoes but truly practical and genius ways of teaching  mango lovers how to incorporate the essence of fruit they love into really beautiful, easy to pull off final dishes and flavors.  We want to teach them the amazing culinary versatility of mangoes and ideally help bring their own tasty ideas to fruition.  People will naturally buy more mangoes the more we can educate mango eaters on the bounty of mango joy, mangoes offer.

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Mango Pie Spice

November 15, 2021

The New Flavor of Fall

If you haven’t worked in marketing, you may not be able to empathize with how pressurized it can become – to have to constantly churn out new, creative (and IMO hopefully) useful content. In the culinary education world that means new recipe ideas and techniques to simplify them, giving consumers what they want and need but may not, as of yet, even be aware they do. In produce that means tips on storage, handling, and usage, as well as flavor profiles, textures, and a fruit or a vegetable’s unique quirks. If you’re like me and want content to be genuine, it’s even more difficult. Mango-infused Thanksgiving ideas are never easy to come by, but I think once again we managed to pull it off.

We at Crespo Organic Kitchen are well-known for our multi-faceted work with mangoes. We work on the commodity side as well as the kitchen side, producing useful content that resonates with our many fans and eaters from around the globe. Ideas often start out as complex, but as culinary professionals we must turn them into easily executable concepts that any skill level can tackle. Most importantly we don’t want to just lazily toss mangoes into any old recipe; we want to be thoughtful and also clear that mangoes do not work in very dish.

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Crespo Organic Mango Mania Events Calendar – 2021

June 28, 2021

 

Are you ready for  #MuchosMangoes & #MangoJoy ?

Crespo Organic Summer Mango Mania #MuchosMangoes is here and the Crespo Organic Kitchen is going to make it extra special this summer.

What is Crespo Summer Mango Mania, you might ask? It’s the collision point between our peak production time in Nayarit & Sinaloa and the height of consumer demand, better known as; SUMMER TIME! For two months, in the heat of the summer, between June and August, while orchards are most copious, Mango Mania frenzy ensues! Crespo Organic Summer Mango Mania desires to Educate, Excite Engage and Entice mango consumers with sweet price points and juicy sales, delicious culinary and educational events and a general spreading of useful, relevant mango education.

We offer a full spectrum of creative and reliable resources and experiences, designed to stimulate, and entice purchases at the store level, as well as educate and arouse consumers digitally and in person.  It’s essentially the spreading of #MangoJoy and the building of loyal mango eaters.

  • Social Media Contests & Giveaways
  • Mango Tips & Tricks
  • Demos and Tastings
  • Culinary Education
  • #ChooseYourCut
  • Cooking Classes
  • KICK Events
  • Farmer Talks
  • Commodity Education
  • Recipes and Recipe Videos
  • Swag

All brought to you by the Crespo Organic Kitchen, which is essentially the test kitchen for all things Crespo Organic, managed by me (Nissa)  and my company Ger-Nis Culinary & Herb Center ; a small food  education,   sales & marketing  and media company;  specializing in local, organic, fairly traded,   sustainable food and agricultural. Ger-Nis  supports small global growers and organic brands around the world in with a bevy of services, skills and connections.

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Summer Mango Mania Facebook & Instagram Giveaways!

June 26, 2021

Every Monday & Thursday we are givin’ stuff away, but you gotta work a little for it!

 Social media giveaways is a fun way for us to get more consumer engagement on our social media pages where we not only share about all the fun #CrespoOrganic #SummerMangoMania #MuchosMangoes events and experiences but where we share useful relevant mango education daily. Everything from “OurStory”- the story of who we are and how we came to be, or “Our Process”, following mangoes through the 72-hour packing process or “Our Home” which shares the details of main packing house, Empaque Don Jorge, the largest hydrothermal packhouse in Latina America.

Recipes, how to’s and lots of general fun, we have it all in our social media and for us its simply another way to do the important work we do that supports the mango growing, packing and shipping process- the mango education. Connecting the dots between farmers and mango eaters. We are the only company out there offering a full spectrum of USEFUL mango education and we take the job seriously and also know people like FREE STUFF.

So for the month of July hope over to @CrespoOrganic on Facebook and Instagram and win and learn!

Mondays at Noon on Facebook

Thursday at Noon on Instagram

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Mangoes on the Lake! A Local Giveaway!

June 26, 2021

Find us boating around Table Rock Lake giving way #mangojoy and free mangoes

What better way to get to know our new home than to boat around giving out mangoes, Crespo mango tree t-shirts and more!

We moved the Crespo Organic Kitchen moved to Table Rock Lake in Blue Eye, MO last fall along with Nissa! It’s just completed a total kitchen remodel and is ready for making new recipes, videos and more. But we are still trying to get to know the area and the people so we figured why not boat around and see what the locals are doing and give them some of our #mangojoy in the form of free mangoes, mango popsicles, mangoes on a stick and some Crespo mango SWAG: T Shirts, hats and totes!

We will be checking in with Instagram all day, so log on and find our location, look for the big boat with the Summer Mango Mania #MuchosMangoes banner!

Date: Sunday, July 25th
Time: All Day
Location: Table Rock Lake, MO
Details:
Find our location on Instagram @CrespoOrganic

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Authentic Mexico, Mangonadas from Scratch

June 26, 2021

A Crespo Organic Kitchen Cooking Class

Class Description: This is a very special class to cap off Mango Mania, where we’ll make our favorite Mexican street drink – the Mangonada – and all its components from scratch, including Homemade Chamoy and Tamarindo Candy Straws. Bright orange mango sorbet with chamoy rippled throughout and topped with fresh mangoes. The mangonada is a summertime staple in Mexican communities and the Crespo Organic Kitchen is going to take a stab at making it from scratch, right along side you!

We will make the chamoy from scratch—a savory, lightened pickeld condiment made from dried stone fruit. We will even make our own house Tajín seasoning (a lime-flavored chili powder). And the signature candy tamarind straw too, we wont forget to make that too!

Most of the stuff you’d buy from the store today is so laden with salt, sugars, processed-everything that we want to recreate this incredible treat the old way (which is also the healthier, fresh way).

Recipes to be Made: Mango & Lime Sorbet; Homemade Chamoy; Crespo (Faux) Tajín; Tamarind Candy Straws

Date: Saturday July 31st
Time: 4 PM CST
Location: VIRTUAL! Watch on Instagram live or follow along on Zoom!

Details:
Participate Via Zoom
Meeting ID: 881 0554 2868
Passcode: MangoMania

Instagram @CrespoOrganic

Notes: There is some prep work needed for this class so check out the Pre-Class Needs Photo on this post for all the details plus the full ingredient list you will need!

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A Ceviche Making Class

June 25, 2021

A Crespo Organic Kitchen Cooking Class

Class Description: Crespo Organic’s hometown is ceviche heaven. This class pays homage to the king of ceviche. We’ll go over proper mango cutting methods for ceviche, how to select your fish and any other ingredients for maximum freshness. On Nissa’s last trip, she picked up a few tips and tricks and a special hot juice that she’ll show you sets this ceviche apart. You’ll learn how to make a simple and fresh ceviche using tuna, mangoes and avocadoes, plus a new recipe inspired by our Mazatlán roots! We’ll also make her favorite Mazatlán Pueblo Bonito beach drink – the virgin piña colada – which pairs perfectly with these summer ceviches.

Recipes to be Made: Mango Tuna Ceviche Tostadas; Mango Habanero Hot Juice; Virgin Mango Piña Colada

Date: Tuesday July 20th
Time: 6:30 PM CST
Location: VIRTUAL! Watch on Instagram live or follow along on Zoom!

Details:
Participate Via Zoom
Meeting ID: 897 1018 4615
Passcode: MangoMania

Instagram @CrespoOrganic

Class Notes: There is some prep work needed for this class so check out Pre-Class Needs Photo on this post for all the details plus the full ingredient list you will need!

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#ChooseYourCut: A Lesson on Mango Cutting

June 25, 2021

A Crespo Organic Kitchen Cooking Class

Class Description: This class is a no-BS introduction to the top ways to slice and dice a mango (visit this link for a sampling of cuts we may go over). We’re not into the cookie cutter method of doing things. We’ll meet you where you’re at based on your knife skills, mango varietals, and ripeness of the fruit to teach you how to hold your own while cutting your mangoes. We’ll have something for everyone, and we will even show you the advanced Mexican flower method! We will also whip up a few simple recipes putting all of our cuttings to good use (because we hate waste and love these recipes).

Recipes to be Made: Mango Puree; Mango Pico De Gallo; Mango Smoothie Freezer Packs

Date: Monday July 19th
Time: 6:30 PM CST
Location: VIRTUAL! Watch on Instagram live or follow along on Zoom!

Details:
Participate Via Zoom
Meeting ID: 849 5382 5586
Passcode: MangoMania

Instagram @CrespoOrganic

Class Notes: There is some prep work needed for this class so check out Pre-Class Needs Photo on this post for all the details plus the full ingredient list you will need! Continue Reading…