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My hope is to inspire you to be fearless in the kitchen, to try new things, to take the time to make things the homemade way and most importantly, to have fun doing it!

Adventures in Homemade Baby Food – Mangoes

I will admit I was both very excited and very nervous to introduce mangoes into Andrew’s diet. Mangoes are a tropical fruit (obviously), and therefore more acidic than many others. This causes them to be slightly more allergenic than most other fruits. Since he turned eight months old last week, I thought it would probably okay to give them a try (recommendations are for eight months or older) and it was! And not only did he not have any sort of reaction, he LOVED them!! I’d say they are up in his top three favorites with peaches and pears. So make your baby something a bit more unique – mango puree!

Mangoes have one large, flat seed on the inside.  You can tell the orientation of the seed just by looking at the fruit.  To cut a mango, cut lengthwise down just off of the center so that you are cutting parallel to the seed.  Don’t worry if you cut too close – your knife will let you know and you can cut a bit farther out.
 
Repeat the same cut on the other side of the seed so that you end up with two outside sections, and one thin middle section containing the seed.  You can discard the middle section.

Score the remaining pieces with a grid of cuts so that you end up with cubes of fruit still attached to the peel.  Invert the peel so that the cubes are sticking outward.

Peel the cubes of mango from the peel…

…and toss them into the food processor.  (Man, one of my mangoes was really not ripe!)  If you toss a few cubes into your own mouth, that’s okay too :)

Puree until the mango has reached the consistency your baby prefers.  Add water if necessary to help thin it out (I didn’t need any).  If the puree is too thin, thicken with rice cereal just before serving.

Yum!!!  I love mangoes!

  • http://www.kirstenscreations.blogspot.com Kirsten W

    These have been on my list to try with my little boy. Thanks for the cutting tips!

  • Danielle

    oh man, I wish I’d read this a few days ago…I made mangoes for my girly, and I had never really known how to cut one. I seriously sliced up my thumb. :) well, now I know.

  • Evelyn

    I’ve done mangoes with my daughter who also loved them and wanted to throw another idea I had out there. I didn’t think of it until too late after the last time I made some mango for her but next time I’m planning on letting her gnaw on the seed a little. It’s hard and nothing will break off in her mouth to choke her but would give her something to grab and chew on.

  • http://cateskitchen.blogspot.com Cate

    Andrew is so much luckier than the kids I used to babysit! They were stuck with Gerber jarred peas and carrots…I’m sure the fresh baby food is a lot better!

  • http://jennyisluckyinlove@blogspot.com Jennifer

    Aww!!! He is too cute :)

  • http://www.velezdelights.blogspot.com Stephanie

    He is adorable! I’m glad he liked the mangoes =)

  • http://www.apotofteaandabiscuit.blogspot.com Sylvie

    Love the last picture, what a cutie. That’s one baby food I think I wouldn’t mind eating either.

  • http://veggiegirlvegan.blogspot.com VeggieGirl

    Loooove mangoes.

    Love the last photo!! So precious :-)

  • http://joelens.blogspot.com Joelen

    My mom made us pureed mango growing up and I remember helping my mom mashing up mangoes for my younger siblings!

  • Elizabeth

    My little son LOVES mangoes too! I think they’re one of his favorites as well, but he’s just 6 months old. I love following along on your blog! By the way, as much as my DS loves mangoes, he loves them even more when I mix them with mashed bananas! You ought to try that too!

  • http://www.betsyandjohn.net betsy

    Thanks for he tips on cutting a mango. I love mangoes but hate cutting them. Thanks! Whirly pop is still going strong too! ; )

  • Bev

    you can see in those eager eyes how much he loved it! :)

    Ollie loved mango puree too, papaya not so much, not sure why!

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  • Kristin

    HA! My husband and I bought a mango about 2 weeks ago and had no idea how to cut it and made a mess out of it! Thanks for your tip. I will impress him with a nicely cut mango in his lunch soon.

  • Suki_senz

    Mango paired with dragon fruit, yum!!