I react to Mangos because of the
relation that they have to Poison Ivy, and have never
been able to peel them without gloves. However I have always
been able to eat them. This year,however, each time I ate one my throat
became irritated. I thought I was going to have to give them
up completely. I tried eating some that had been
refrigerated and did not react. I would not recommend that
anyone with a severe allergy attempt Mango in any form. I
have no scientific data to substantiate that it was in deed the
refrigeration that neutralized the agents in mango that
irritates me. Perhaps it was just a coincidence but I would like
to look further into this and welcome any
comments from others who may have
experienced the same thing.
Drying fruit is a great way to preserve it. Almost any fruit can be sliced
thin and dried or made into fruit leather, for a delicious snack. You can seal
them in vacuumed sealed bags and freeze them for extended storage.
I often juice or process my fruit so that it can be frozen in ice cube trays.
Once frozen I bag them into freezer bags and store them in the freezer to use
later in sauces or drinks. I do this with garlic, ginger and various herbs as
well, sometimes combining them so that I have only to toss a few into the pan to
flavor the whole meal in a snap.
Smoothies and Ice Cream in the blender
I have a very strong blender that can handle ice and frozen chunks,
therefore I keep small bags of cut-up fruit in my freezer for smoothies and ice
cream. The frozen fruit makes a nice thick frosty treat.