M is for Mangoes – the king of fruits! Mangoes that juicy yellow fruit that makes everybody’s mouth water. That juicy fruit that makes everyone goes weak in the knees; that juicy fruit which is also known as the king of fruits – Yes MANGOES!
Mangoes remind me of my childhood days when we cousins used to have healthy competitions of who can eat more mangoes. Isn’t there something special about this king of fruits? Even the advertisements show people enjoying mangoes before they disappear for the entire year to make their presence felt in next summer season.
But seriously can you define Mango? Yes Mango is a juicy yellow fruit that is renowned for its sweet taste and fragrance. On a serious note Wikipedia describes mango as a juicy stone fruit 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. They all belong to the flowering plant family Anacardiaceae. The mango is native to South and Southeast Asia, from where it has been distributed worldwide to become one of the most cultivated fruits in the tropics. The centre of diversity of the Mangifera genus is in India.
Did You Know?
Interestingly though there are many varieties of Mangoes the Mangifera species (e.g. horse mango) Mangifera indica—the “common mango” or “Indian mango”—is the only mango tree commonly cultivated in many tropical and subtropical regions. It originated in Indian subcontinent (present day India and Pakistan) and Burma.
In addition Mango is of India, Pakistan, and the Philippines, and the national tree of Bangladesh. In several cultures, its fruit and leaves are ritually used as floral decorations at weddings, public celebrations, and religious ceremonies. Especially in our Hindu culture where the wood and leaves of Mango tree are considered auspicious!
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