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Arbor Day is most commonly celebrated on the third Friday in April, which falls on the 27th this year. A tree planting holiday was first proposed by J. Sterling Morton with an inaugural date of April 10, 1872. According to history, over one million trees were planted in Nebraska that day as a resource to the community.
Today, we realize the ever-growing importance of trees and the positive impact they have on our environment. Naturally, our most favorite tree at the National Mango Board is the mango tree. The trees’ beautiful clusters of flowers that transform into the delicious mango fruit is nothing short of amazing.
Growing predominantly in tropical climates and reaching heights of up to 100 feet, the mango tree not only yields the mango, but it also helps absorb carbon dioxide from the environment while providing oxygen in return. This is a process called carbon uptake. For more details about the mango tree, check out our website at http://www.mango.org/meet-mango-tree.
As you cruise by the produce section during your next grocery run, go ahead and pick up a mango (or two) in support of Arbor Day and the positive impact the mango tree has on our environment.
Need a great mango-inspired recipe? Try the Spicy Shrimp and Mango Skewers with Mango and Roasted Corn Salsa http://www.mango.org/recipe/spicy-shrimp-and-mango-skewers-mango-and-roasted-corn-salsa. This recipe blends wonderful, spicy flavors with shrimp and mango. For more mango dishes, visit our website http://www.mango.org/find/recipes.