There are more than seven billion people on earth. Each person has different likes and dislikes.
But can you believe that more than seven billion people love one fruit? Yes, mango fruit is the most loved fruit in the world.
It has an exquisite taste that is cherished by everyone!
There are many stories about where this fruit originated.
Many believe that it came from Burma, Southeast Asia. But there are references to this fruit found in the 6000 years old Hindu text of Ramayana.
This kidney-shaped fruit is dark green when raw. The beta carotene present in it gives it an orange-yellow hue.
This fruit's two races are consumed across the globe: the Indian Mangifera Indica and the Southeast Asian Philippines race.
Indian mango has a much brighter yellow hue, while the Southeast Asian variant has a pale green color.
You can grow a mango tree in your yard very easily. You can plant the seed or pit of the fruit in the soil and grow the tree. Another way of growing this tree is the root system.
Plant a seed or pit in a pot. Water it regularly and provide ample sunshine so that the seed germinates.
Three kinds of roots develop when a seed germinates: anchor, feeder, and taproot.
A few days later, as your seed turns into a sapling, shift it to your yard or orchid to deep soil the taproot descends. This step is vital to take care of the profuse wide-spreading feeder roots.
While you shift your sapling, make sure that your anchor roots are not destroyed.
This delicious tropical fruit reached the United States in 1880. Since then, many countries in Central America have started growing this fruit.
One of the most famous variants found in America is Tommy Atkins, a hybrid of the seedling of Haden.
A vast amount of agricultural research is being done to create variants of this fruit resistant to anthracnose.
This fruit has a special place in India. It has always been an essential part of Indian history and culture.
This fruit has brought religions and cultures together in India. According to Buddhist traditions, this fruit is a symbol of peace and knowledge.
The Jain goddess Ambika is seen holding this fruit in her hand. It is considered a sign of fertility.
This fruit is also mentioned in ancient Hindu texts Ramayana and Mahabharta.
Many ancient Sanksrit texts like Paka Darpan, Panaka, and Lehya Prakaranam talk about various uses of this fruit.
It is the national fruit of India, Haiti, Pakistan, and the Philipines. Out of the global production, India produces around 51%
There are many variants of this fruit in India, such as Alphonso or Hapus, Dassehri, Langda, Totatpuri, Imam Pasand, Neelam, and many more.
Out of these, Alphonso or Hapus is the most loved Hapus grown in Devgad, and Ratnagiri is considered the best!
These variants are known for their unique aroma, creamy texture, rich flavor, thin skin, and thick pulp.
A GI tag awards these variants. GI tag is a sign of excellent quality, usually awarded to a region that produces the best quality of a specific product.
This fruit comes in various types in India.
Otherwise called Hapus, this variation is viewed as the best. It has a unique smell.
It has a creamier texture and rich flavor. The taste and fragrance of this variation rely upon the soil and atmosphere where it is developed.
The volcanic soil and atmosphere of the Konkan district make it an ideal spot to develop Hapus.
This variation has a unique orange-red tone. That is the reason it is called Kesar, which means saffron in English.
It is medium-sized, round, and has a bend. This bend makes it unique. This variation is so splendid that it is called the Queen.
The best of this variation is developed at the base of Girnar Hills in Junagadh, Gujarat.
This variation is solely found in South India. It looks like a parrot mouth.
That is the reason it is called Ginnimoothi, which means a parrot nose in Tamil.
Bengaluru produces the best of this variation. It has a big size and thick pulp.
This variation is the most renowned sort from Uttar Pradesh. It was first found in a modest community, Kakori.
It has reached high fame levels and has reached even the Nawab's (King's) garden.
It is one of the most cherished assortments of this organic product.
Neelam and Imam Pasand
These two variations are found only in South India. Imam Pasand is a top choice among the royal families.
A ripe Imam Pasand is mottle green in shading. Neelam is enormous and has a yellow-red tone.
It has a herby fragrance and has an oval, pointy base.
This fruit is not only a treat to your tongue but also a treat to your health. It is packed with the following health benefits.
- It aids digestion. The fruit contains digestive fibers that improve your gut health.
- It contains various vitamins such as A, C, K. These vitamins help improve your hair and skin health.
- The fruit contains calcium, which helps improve bone density and health.
- It contains plenty of natural sugar. Thus, it helps regulate diabetes.
- The fruit improves heart health by controlling cholesterol, diabetes, and blood pressure.
- It contains antioxidants that shield your body from cancer.
- Antioxidants lutein and zeaxanthin shields your retina from harm caused by aging.
- The fruit contains anti-inflammatory agents that shield you from heart diseases.
Store this fruit in a dry area, off direct light. You can place it in a paper bag to ripen them.
Don't sprinkle water or clean the fruit when it is raw. It may stop the ripening process.
Remember, every type requires different storage conditions. So, read up about how to store different types before buying.
Color is not a sign of ripeness, but the smell is. Some varieties have a fruity smell at the stem when ripe.
Touch can also tell if the fruit is ripe or not. Soft and mushy fruit is ripe fruit.
Pro tip: buy raw fruits and let them ripe at your home. This helps you keep your fruit carbide-free.
Carbide is a chemical that is commonly used to ripen fruits.
Enjoy this season with the finest quality mangoes!