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    Mango Fun Facts

    • Mangos are one of the most popular fruit in the world
    • Mangos were first grown in India over 5,000 years ago
    • Mango seeds traveled with humans from Asia to the Middle East, East Africa and South America beginning around 300 or 400 A.D.
    • The paisley pattern, developed in India, is based on the shape of a mango
    • A basket of mangos is considered a gesture of friendship in India
    • Legend says that Buddha meditated under the cool shade of a mango tree
    • Mangos are related to cashews and pistachios
    • A mango tree can grow as tall as 100 feet
    • The bark, leaves, skin and pit of the mango have been used in folk remedies for centuries

    Mango Nutrition

    • Each serving of mango is fat free, sodium free and cholesterol free
    • A one-cup serving of mangos is just 100 calories
    • Mangos contain over 20 different vitamins and minerals, helping make them a superfood
    • Mangos provide 100% of your daily vitamin C, 35% of your daily vitamin A and 12% of your daily fiber

    Mango Selection and Ripening

    • Visit mango.org to watch the video and learn how to cut a mango
    • Don't judge a mango by its color - red does not mean ripe
    • Squeeze gently to judge ripeness
    • A ripe mango will "give" slightly and a firm mango will ripen at room temperature over a few days
    • To speed up ripening, place mangos in a paper bag at room temperature
    • Once ripe, mangos can be moved to the refrigerator to slow down ripening for several days

    Eating Mangos

    • In many Latin American countries, mango on a stick with the skin peeled back is sold by street vendors
    • Mangos can be enjoyed with salt, lime juice or chili powder for a unique flavor experience
    • Mangos have natural tenderizing properties, making them a perfect ingredient for marinades
    • Try the versatile mango in smoothies, salads, salsas, chutneys, on fish, chicken or pork, or just plain as a delicious snack
    • For mango-licious recipes, visit mango.org

    Mango Varieties, Seasons and Sources

    • Most of the mangos sold in the U.S. come from Mexico, Peru, Ecuador, Brazil, Guatemala and Haiti
    • Mangos are available all year long
    • Most of the mangos sold in the U.S. are one of six varieties: Tommy Atkins, Haden, Kent, Keitt, Honey (originally known as Ataulfo) and Francis
    • For more about mango varieties and seasons, visit mango.org