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Tuesday, 15 March 2016


Mangoes were first cultivated in North East India, 5,000 years ago. At that time they were small, fibrous fruits, somewhat like plums, with a taste like turpentine.

Ancient Sanskrit poets believed that chewing on mango buds helped to sweeten the voice.

Mango seeds traveled with humans from Asia to the Middle East, East Africa and South America beginning around 300 or 400 A.D.

Not long after the famine caused by the Great Leap Forward, Pakistan's Foreign Minister gave Chairman Mao a box of mangoes. Unenthusiastic about fruit, Mao gave the box to some factory workers. This was considered such a great sacrifice on the part of the Chairman that no one dared to eat them. A cult grew up in China around the fruit, and songs, poems, rallies and altars were created in the mangoes' honor. A dentist was even executed for comparing a mango to a sweet potato.

The distinctive paisley pattern of droplet-shaped vegetable figures developed in India was based on the mango.

20 million tons of mangoes are grown annually.

Mango trees are from of the same botanical family as cashews and pistachios.

Mangoes provide 100 percent of a person's daily vitamin C,  35% of their daily vitamin A and 12% of their daily fibre.

Mango is the national fruit of India, Pakistan and the Philippines, and the national tree of Bangladesh.

Most mangoes sold in the U.S. come from Brazil, Ecuador, Guatemala, Haiti, Mexico and Peru.

You can ripen a sour mango by soaking it in warm water for ten minutes.

A mango tree can grow as tall as 100 feet.

Apples float but mangoes sink.

Sources Food For Thought by Ed Pearce,

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