Holah ! Its MANGO season. You call it summer? 😉 The king is on its way. We wait anxiously for this season whole time. We are the mango people. Lets just know more about our love.
The MANGO is a juicy stone fruit (drupe) belonging to the genus Mangifera, consisting of numerous tropical fruiting trees, cultivated mostly for edible fruit. The majority of these species are found in nature as wild mangoes.
The English word “Mango” originated from the Malayalam word māṅṅa via Portuguese (also manga) during spice trade with Kerala in 1498.
The mango is native to South Asia, from where it has been distributed worldwide to become one of the most cultivated fruits in the tropics. The center of diversity of the Mangifera genus is in India.
Mango trees grow up to 35–40 m (115–131 ft) tall, with a crown radius of 10 m (33 ft). The trees are long-lived, as some specimens still fruit after 300 years.
The ripe fruit varies in size and color. Cultivars are variously yellow, orange, red, or green, and carry a single flat, oblong pit that can be fibrous or hairy on the surface, and which does not separate easily from the pulp. Ripe, unpeeled mangoes give off a distinctive resinous, sweet smell.
In 2013, world production of mangoes was nearly 43 million tonnes, with India accounting for 42% (18 million tonnes). China and Thailand were the next largest producers.
Mangoes are widely used in cuisine. Sour, unripe mangoes are used in chutneys, athanu, pickles, side dishes, or may be eaten raw with salt,chili, or soy sauce.
Mango is used to make juices, smoothies, ice cream, fruit bars, raspados, aguas frescas, pies, and sweet chili sauce, or mixed with chamoy, a sweet and spicy chili paste.
Fresh mango contains a variety of nutrients , but only vitamin C and Folate are in significant amounts of the Daily Value as 44% and 11%, respectively.
The mango is the national fruit of India, Pakistan, and the Philippines. It is also the national tree of Bangladesh.