Facts About Mangoes

Mangoes are a species of fruit native to tropical Asia and are the most economically important fruit in the Anacardiaceae family. The Anacardiaceae family also includes the cashews, pistachio nut, poison ivy and poison oak.

The fruit of the mango is called a Drupe.

The mango tree (Mangifera indica) originated from Southern Asia around 2000BC and is thought to have first flourished in Burma and eastern India.

The name 'mango' is derived from the Tamil word 'mangkay' or 'man-gay'.

There are over 1000 varieties of Mango throughout the world.

In India mango leaves are used at weddings to ensure the couple bear plenty of children. Ironically it takes between four to six years before the mango tree will bear fruit (so I guess that leaf theory is questionable!).

Mango is called king of the fruits.

Mango is the world's most consumed and number one selling fruit in the world and Asia still accounts for more than three-quarters of the world's mango supply.

Mangos are high in fiber, but low in calories (approx. 110 per average sized mango) and only 1 gram of fat and sodium. They are also an excellent source of Vitamins A and C, as well as a good source of Potassium and contain beta carotene.

In India the spice amchoor (amchur) is made from dried, ground unripe mangoes. The sour spice is used as both a seasoning and tenderizing aid.

Choosing a mango is often done by picking the best coloured one. However it seems this isn't the best way. To pick the best one, simply squeeze the 'nose ' of the fruit, if there is a slight give then the mango is ripe. Another way is to give it a good sniff from the stem end, if you can small a fruity aroma its ripe.

Some people place a mango in a container or bag with an apple, to make it last longer.

Oh and one last thing, don't refrigerate the mangoes, they don't last long in the cold.

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