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An Ingenious Salvadoran Tradition: the “Mango Twist”
Translated/edited into English by Aitana Ravettino
Salvadorans are characterized by their ingenuity and invention when it comes to looking for something to work on. Thanks to the current tough economic situation and a lack of opportunities, Salvadorans must find a way to substitute and cover for at least a part of their basic needs. In the past few years, mango has been one of the most exploited and consumed fruits by the country’s population. Discover how fruit vendors manage to sell this exquisite fruit.
According to the Agriculture Faculty and Agricultural Investigation of the José Matías Delgado University, mango is one of the most popular and valued exotic fruits in El Salvador. It is rich in vitamins A and C and contains properties that help reduce cancer. It is consumed in diverse ways and preparations. In the past few years, the most peculiar way to eat mango has been the “mango twist”. It consists in eating either green or sazón mango in strips or “little snakes”, as some call them, seasoned with algüaishte, salt, lemon, chili, and sweet black sauce or Worcestershire sauce (salsa inglesa).
As stated in the magazine Magazine El Salvador, mango becomes the “king of seasonal fruits” in the summer. It is native to the southeast of Asia, where it started being cultivated over four thousand years ago. The Portuguese brought it to America by the end of the XVIII century to Brazil. It contains great quantities of minerals such as potassium and magnesium.
Mango twist or retorcido, in Spanish, is one of the most popular ways Salvadorans prepare mango. The fact that it is cut in strips makes it an attractive and extraordinary meal. Thanks to the truth that it is one of the most popular and consumed fruits by Salvadorans, many institutions like the ISTU (Instituto Salvadoreño de Turismo) have supported its cultivation and consumption through their “Mango Festival”. If this article made you want to try it, wait no more and go taste the exquisite and irresistible mango twist at a locale near you.