From Tilth to the Table – Mango Salsa

A couple of nights ago, I was unwinding while sprucing up the patio garden. Everything seems to be faring well given the weird weather that we’ve been experiencing in So Cal.  Then again, my plants are used to “tough love” (read “neglect”) when school gets busy so they’re no strangers to surviving in harsh conditions.

However, my red bell pepper plants are not only surviving but thriving!  In fact, they are downright perky due to the rains that we had a couple of weeks ago (please come back).  Red bell peppers are easy to grow and one of my favorite foods to eat alone or mixed in with something else… Mango Salsa!

Photo Credit: World of Crepes

Mango salsa pairs well with fish (Salmon, Tilapia, Mahi Mahi, Halibut), chicken, pork tenderloin or just scoop it up with some chips!

  • 1 1/2 cups (1/2-inch) diced mango
  • 1/2 cup small diced red bell pepper
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped red onion
  • 2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon minced jalapeno
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro leaves
  • 2 teaspoons minced ginger
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Place all the ingredients in a non-reactive medium bowl and stir to blend. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and allow the salsa to macerate at room temperature for 30 to 45 minutes or chill up to 6 hours.

Yield: about 2 cups…so double it because you’ll definitely want more.

Variations:  Add some diced avocado or slightly grill the mango.

Thinking about starting your own edible garden or adding to the one that you have?  Check out this list of seed companies compiled by Greg Holdsworth at Vegetable Gardener.

American Meadows
Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds
Botanical Interests, Inc.
The Cook’s Garden
Evergreen Seeds
Gurney’s Seed & Nursery Co.
Harris Seeds
Henry Field’s
Home Harvest Seeds (Ferry Morse)
Johnny’s Selected Seeds
Jung Garden and Flower Seed Company
Kitazawa Seed Company
New Dimension Seed
Park Seed Co.
Reimer Seeds
Seed Savers Exchange
Seeds of Change
Stokes Seeds
Territorial Seed Co.
Thompson & Morgan
Tomato Growers Supply Co.
Totally Tomatoes

2 responses to “From Tilth to the Table – Mango Salsa

  1. I love red bell peppers! I eat them several times per week, so it would be a huge money saver to grow them on my patio. Is it too late in the year to start?

  2. Yes, unfortunately. They’re a warm season crop and mine are just confused by the weather that we’ve been having and they probably won’t be much more than perky foliage as another cold front is rolling in right now.

    Here are some Book Recommendations to get you started:
    Sunset has a fairly new book out “Western Garden Book of Edibles.”

    Another book by Sunset “The Edible Garden”

    Pat Welsh’s Southern California Organic Gardening: Month by Month

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