“ Brand: Tesco / Type: Other Fruits „
A few weeks ago I purchased some "Forest Feast" dried mango from Waitrose,'and I really enjoyed the taste and thought it would be a good alternative to a chocolate bar as a snack. I was alarmed though when I noticed the price of it on my bill - over £2 for a tiny bag! I haven't bought the same brand since but I did see dried mango in the fruit and nuts section of Tesco last time I was their. It was considerably cheaper so I got it.
I enjoyed the product, however I didn't feel it lived up to the "Forest Feast" bag. The Tesco product seemed to be slightly tougher and a little bitter, only marginally more so but it was. I think maybe the Tesco dried mango is dried for slightly longer, which I don think helps the product in any way and I thing might even make it more expensive to manufacture.
Now to the health benefits of dried mango. I looked on the back of the pack I was suprised to find that there are basically none! It is little better than eating a chocolate bar, and probably contains more sugar. The only health benefit I can find is that it contains fibre and vitamin C. The only thing Tesco have found to put on the front is that it is "a good source of natural sugar".
So if you want a tasty unhealthy snack that's a bit different from chocolate, but has a similar nutritional content then buy Tesco dried mango.
Not long ago I wrote a dooyoo review of peanut butter, expressing surprise that a product containing only four ingredients could show such a great deal of variation between brands. Now with dried mango pieces, a (food) commodity containing only mango and sulphur dioxide (the latter added as a preservative), I find there is variation possible in a product that only contains one main thing.
Tesco Dried Mango pieces currently cost £1.99 for 100g in a small plastic bag, but there is an offer running at the moment on with many Tesco brand dried fruits and whole nuts (that may or may not last indefinitely) wherein two of the bags can be purchased for £3. The Tesco dried mango on offer is still slightly worse value than the Asda dried mango pieces I reviewed recently, which cost £1.30 for 100g, and at its full price excluding the multi-buy discount substantially more expensive than the Asda brand.
Dried mango being based on a natural fruit product, I suppose it's inevitable that there is going to be quite a bit of variation by season - as well as depending on processing methods used - between different batches. The pieces of Tesco dried mango while about the same size as the Asda product (each piece is about two to three cms long, and seems cut from a 'wedge' shaped sliver of the fresh fruit) seemed to have a slightly softer, chewier texture overall. The texture was leathery, as opposed to down-right difficult to chew, I say. The Tesco mango pieces tasted quite sweet and a few in the mix were tangier too, though the tangy to sweet ratio in the Tesco batch seemed biased in favour of sweeter rather than tangier pieces compared with the Asda product. The colour of the Tesco dried mango seemed a bit 'brownier' overall than the Asda mango, but despite this, both brands were still about the same as regards their general appetisingness.
The Tesco Mango - thank goodness - was sold in a fairly sturdy plastic bag, and one that was pretty rip-proof. It came with one of those sticky plastic tabs for resealing the bag with, but like all resealable tabs that come with Tesco products this didn't work at all. (It was particularly inadequate for reclosing the mango bag as dried mango pieces are really springy, and kept pushing the plastic packet open again.)
There was some 'technical' info on the side of the Tesco mango packet - this mango provides X% of your RDA for this, that, and the other, etc. unlike the Asda product, it didn't seem to want to tell me that eating this mango counted to one of my 'five fruit and veg a day' so - though I ate it all anyway, I didn't feel nearly so positive while I was eating it. Whatever the brand, I think buying dried mango in 100g batches is skimping somewhat however, and intend to see if I can get a bumper bag from Julian Graves or somebody.