What do you do with the skins of mangoes and the seeds after enjoying mangoes? Discard it. Don’t you dare! They are perfect for making mango juice. Its anyways what most of tetrapak mango juice makers use with a bit of real pulp to make “real mango juice”. Added sugar, color, preservatives and god alone knows what else to increase shelf life, add color and make it smell like real juice.
It’s just very easy to make homemade juice from left over skin and seeds. I get to control the quality of mangoes , amount of salt and sugar and can spice it up with flavorings of my choice ( paprika, cumin powder or red pepper). The color and the taste are all natural.
I used Alphonso mangoes as they are my personal favorite but any other would work just fine. Just add more sugar if the mangoes are bit tart. also, use less water if you like your juice to be thicker.
This is perfect to be hydrated on summer afternoons when plain water is just a bit meh.
Homemade Mango Juice Recipe
- Skins and Seeds of 4 mangoes
- 2 cups cold water
- 1 tablespoon sugar (adjust based on how sweet the mangoes are)
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- Pinch of black pepper or paprika or cumin powder
1. Turn the skin inside out. Soak the seeds and skins in a bowl of potable water for 10 minutes with sugar and salt. If you are not squeamish, give the seeds and skins a good rub. The juice and even some pulp will be released as you soak.
2. Squeeze off excess water from seeds and skins in a separate bowl. Discard the skins and seeds now. Retain the juice – water.
3. Add the juice from step 2. into bowl from step 1.
4. Add black pepper or cumin powder. Taste and adjust seasonings. Let this cool in the refrigerator.
Serve chilled with ice or as is.