This is one of our favorite summer salads. Its filling, easy to make and wonderfully delicious (also healthy). We love adding mangoes to this classic salad, not only do they take the place of the often-soggy mandarin oranges, but they bring a slight tropical twist to this crunchy and beautiful salad. Giving the chicken some extra tenderness and flavor and yielding a silkier dressing.
During mango season we keep a jar of mango puree in the refrigerator and use it in dressings, marinades, and sweet things, it’s a great way to use up ripe mangoes.
Boasting the most efficient and modern mango pack house around
Disclaimer:This is a boastful and prideful post about a packing house that I truly believe in. I’m one of a few globally well-traveled industry folks with an extremely diverse make up of commodities, markets, cultures and systems. I have seen a lot of packing houses and “sheds” in my travels and none like this one. Boasting this facility and the Crespo’s is the natural outcome of my true beliefs.
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We don’t talk enough about the quality of packing houses in our business and yet this is the one place that can make or break a program, the place that usually solves and/or causes most problems in terms of product quality, food safety and compliances. Most fruits and vegetables are harvested and then brought to a packing house or shed where they are then packed into various bulk or retail packaging. These large and small sorting/packing hubs serve as the distribution outlet for the farm and/or the farmers. These facilities can be modern, elaborate, high tech, clean and simple, dirty and even bare bones covered (shaded) tables where things like fresh herbs are packed right out of the field.
Mature southern fruit + late Nayarit entrance = complex changeover
By definition the word foreground insinuates a seemingly larger position of prominence. I choose to use that word here as it’s important that we all understand the complexities that are looming in the mango world, as Mexico prepares to transition from the southern producing regions to the northern ones.
By no means it is a dire situation facing us, at least not for us, but it is one that will require us to work together in cooperation in order to keep things smooth for increasing sales and consumer satisfaction; consumers, who this time of year begin to consume more and more mangoes, as we need them to.
The northern regions of Nayarit and southern Sinaloa start back-to-back. They are rather large and long producing regions with extraordinary outputs in quantity. That wall of mangoes that ensues when these regions begin general production lasts around 3-4 months (and often longer) and coincides with peak consumer consumption or what we know as SUMMERTIME.
They key to moving through the upcoming transitional complexities and lack with enough finesse so that we can keep consumers happy, register pricing moving downward and mangoes flowing in and out quickly; so that we are ready for the even bigger displays, and even lower prices that move them rapidly into the hands and mouths of mango eaters, is as usual the sharing of real and accurate information from the ground in Mexico.
Crespo Organic 2022 Season Promotional Calendar is Out!
Bits and pieces or the whole package… we have what you need, and it’s not just #MuchosMangoes sales! We can help you build and shape durable mango programs that educate, engage and entice your shoppers all season long and keep them coming back for more. Season after season you’ll be met with a reputable, reliable brand—a Direct-Trade program, no less—from orchard to table. It’s the real thing!
I have some OPINIONSabout today, if you have interest- these are my opinions, keep that in mind!
International Women’s Day comes up every year and, like those other weird 24-hour holidays like Father’s Day or Mother’s Day whose concepts seem like they should stretch beyond a mere 24-hour day, it barely makes a mark on my world of produce. It hits the social media circuit and then runs off, much like the many promotions and recognition qualified women deserve yet don’t receive.
The day is said to honor women globally, “celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. Marking a call to action for accelerating gender parity.” (I highly recommend clicking HERE and reading the definition of parity.) It seems like a particularly awesome concept that one would think our industry would jump on more. Yet, my inbox with the token produce newsletters was void of anything women-centric, let alone a recognition of today, March 8th, International Women’s Day (with the exception of the Fresh Fruit Portal – kudos!).
My father watched a lot of football when I was a little girl. He used to gamble on games and have 7-8 TV’s playing all the games at once. I knew everything about football from a very young age. I never loved it, but I did know more than most young girls and women about the sport and to some extent still do. Football, from my vantage point, has the unique ability to excite people (men) like not much else. For me football is more nostalgic, reminding me of my father and I think for a lot of Americans the Superbowl in particular is a time to gather, eat, drink and merrily intermingle, maybe even get a little rowdy in their brightest colored football gear and if they are lucky, their team is in the big game.
Saucy and sweet with the perfect amount of heat- Crespo Sinaloa Sauce!
Mangoes are one of the biggest agricultural products from Mexico. In the U.S., mango consumption begins to peak in spring and explodes in the summertime, which coincides with the peak production of mangoes from Mexico. America’s massive mango demand makes them one of the most important products in Mexico. Mexico is also the worlds largest exporter of chili peppers. The idea to merry these two Mexican staples in a beautiful silky sauce was always meant to be. Crespo Sinaloa Sauce was born from connection (a staple in the doings of El Grupo Crespo) and the family’s hometown of El Rosario where you’ll find Empaque Don Jorge I , the first of El Grupo Crespo’s proprietary packinghouses and largest hydrothermal mango packhouse in Latin American (home of Crespo Organic Mangoes). It’s also located in one of the most important habanero production zones. Habaneros were also one of the first crops and exports for El Grupo early on, originally a chili pepper business started in 1960 for the local market. Crespo, Ataulfos and Habanero’s were always meant to be together.
Packing Crespo Organic Ataulfo & Tommy Atkins Mangoes!
Ocozocoautla de Espinosa (Coita), Chiapas, Mexico
In 2019, just prior to the mango season, El Grupo Crespo opened Empaque Don Jorge II (EDJ II) in Ocozocoautla de Espinosa, Chiapas, or – as the locals call it – Coita. As the Crespo family’s second proprietary mango pack house moves into it’s 4th season with efficiency and expertise and begins packing mangoes along side our partner packhouse in Oaxaca, it does so with expanded organic mango volumes and increased packing outputs.
EDJ II is not to be confused with Empaque Don Jorge (EDJI) – El Grupo Crespo’s original and main packhouse located in El Rosario, Sinaloa, Mexico. EDJ I’s was revamped and modernized several years ago, making it Latin America’s largest and most advanced hydrothermal mango packhouse. EDJ II is smaller but equally powerful and is expecting it’s own enlargement and modernization in the seasons ahead.
Even though it is currently cold in most states and fresh snow has blanketed much of the US, 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 and succulent juicy, thirst quenching fruits in the summer. Mangoes are healthy and vibrant and thirst quenching and juicy and Ataulfos are the most vibrant and healthy mangoes we have access to in our organic marketplace and the most rewarding summer time fruit.
The buttery smooth Ataulfo flesh makes them extremely versatile for cooking and they are easy to please consumers price wise with sizing at 14/16/18/20 vs 8/9/10/12. 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 large season long national programs.
The Crespo Organic seasons starts in late January and moves through mid-August, so its also long one- worthy of some attention, especially as Ataulfos take off as the fastest growing organic varietal among consumers.
We’ve got good news and who doesn’t love that these days!
Before the new year I gave you my big juicy predicationsfor the 2022 Crespo Organic Mango season and so far things are ringing true. In a string of years where everything is extraordinarily complicated, this feels really good. I know challenges are a normal part of the business but I believe in pointing out and celebrating when the good things happen too. This is one of those rare GOOD news flashes.
Under The Mango Tree is a sweet spot, where I, a long time mango industry crackerjack, share everything I know. A place to find mango centric, agricultural, food and culture knowledge and a few juicy industry secrets and lies.