What are mangos? Mangos are one of the most popular fruits in the world. They are the succulent, aromatic fruits of an evergreen tree (Mangifera indica), a member of the cashew family (Anacardiaceae) of flowering plants.
Botanically, mango is a drupe, consisting of an outer skin, a fleshy edible portion, and a central stone enclosing a single seed – also called stone fruit, like a plum, cherry, or peach.
Where do mangos come from? 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
The mango is a symbol of love in India
Legend says that Buddha meditated under the cool shade of a mango tree
Mangos are related to cashews and pistachios
A ripe mango is known to be 14% sugar by weight and 0.5% acid by weight, with a sugar acid ratio of 28.
Spanish explorers brought mangos to South America and Mexico in the 1600’s. The first attempt to introduce the mango into the U.S. came in 1833 to Florida.
The species name of the mango is Mangiferi indica, which means “an Indian plant bearing mangos.”
Mango bark, leaves, skin, flesh, and the pit have been used in folk remedies for centuries.