Fun Facts about Mangoes
What comes to mind when you hear the word tropic or tropical? I immediately think of the blue ocean, relaxing resorts, verdant forest and amazing fruit and cuisine.
Mangoes or mangos are creamy, tasty and delicious tropical stone fruits (drupe) that belong to the flowering family plant genus Mangifera. It originated from South Asia and were grown thousands of years before it reached Southeast Asia in the 4th-5th century BC.
- The Mango is an ancient fruit that can be dated as old as 4000 years.
- There are over 500 mango fruit varieties grown all over the world and most of them ripen in summer. Although their sizes, shape, color and sweetness vary they all have a single flat, elliptical pit that does not easily separate from the pulp.
- Tropical mangoes are related to cashews and pistachios.
- The vitamin content of mango varies depending on the variety and maturity of the fruit. While still green mangoes have higher vitamin C content but as the fruit ripens and matures the amount of vitamin A it contains increases.
- The mango is a national fruit of not just one country but 3. These countries include India, the Philippines and Pakistan.
- Located in East Khandesh, the oldest known mango tree is 300 years old and still produces viable fruit.
- Although there are hundreds of mango varieties all over the world, there are only six different varieties readily available in the United States namely Ataulfo, Haden, Francis, Tommy Atkins, Kent and Keitt.
- Texas mangoes grown in the United States are the Keitt mango which has green outer skin but bright-orange and sweet inside, the Tommy Atkins mango which is grown in Houston and has a sweet and mild flavor. Another mango variety grown in the United States is the Kent and tastes like a cross between a peach, pineapple and mandarin orange.
- Although available and considered a staple fruit it Africa and many Asian countries, mangoes are still considered exotic in America. You can find mangos online for a limited time so better hurry and order mangoes while they are in season to get to enjoy its creamy, sugary-sweet goodness which you cannot find in other fruit.
- The plural form of mango is either mangos or mangoes. The preferred term as per Oxford American Dictionary of Current English and Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary is mangoes but also accepts mangos. The confusion in spelling is caused by consensus and pragmatism as there is no hard and fast rule in the English language. Words ending in o can use ‘s’ or ‘es’ in plural form.