Mangoes are an absolutely delicious sweet fruit with the perfect amount of tartness, which goes well in desserts, smoothies, salads or paired with savory and spicy dishes as well. Mangos are incredibly sweet with flavors ranging from tropical flowers to more citrusy notes. Many people also catch flavors of peach, coconut, caramel, or vanilla.
If you haven't tried them yet, you must. We're sure you'll love them. Keep reading to learn more about the incredible mango.
Mangoes are stone fruits (drupes) whose trees of the Mangifera genus grow in tropical locations and belong to the cashew family Anacardiaceae. The trees can grow up to 130 feet tall. There are hundreds of species of mangoes that grow across the world, but the most common to find in the US are Tommy Atkins, Keitt, Kent, Osteen, Haden, and Valencia Pride. All of the mangoes come from the two main strains, one originating in India and the other in Southeast Asia and the Philippines.
In fact, mangoes can be traced back to India, being mentioned in Hindu literature as far back as 4000 BCE. Mangoes are the national fruit of India, Pakistan, and the Philippines where they are known by the nicknames King of Fruit, Apple of the Tropics, and Fruit of the Gods.
Mangoes are thought to have arrived on the Hawaiian islands in 1824 aboard the ships of Captain John Meek, coming from Manila, Philippines. The inhabitants liked them so much that the trees kept coming on successive journeys and were planted all over the islands.
Mangoes come in a variety of different hues of yellow, red, and green. They have a smooth leathery skin that is inedible. The soft and juicy orange flesh inside surrounds a large, hard seed pod that is also inedible.
Mangoes, much like papaya, contain an enzyme that breaks down proteins. For that reason, mangoes are often used as a marinade to soften tough pieces of meat before cooking. This wonderful fruit is a very popular choice for fresh salsa and chutney.
Mangoes are a tasty, nearly fat-free, and nutritious fruit, rich in vitamins A, C, E, K, and B6. They are a good source of fiber, potassium and copper. Try mango in your smoothies to give a sweet and tart burst of nutritious goodness. Or pair mango with rich, soft cheese to add a unique touch to your next cheese plate.
Mango grows in all sorts of tropical locations, and is nearly always available in a store near you.
The largest producers of Mango in the world are India, China, Thailand, Indonesia, and Mexico. In the U.S., most commercial mangoes are grown in Hawaii and Florida. Mangoes can also be found in California, Costa Rica, Puerto Rico, and many other countries.
Mango season in Hawaii and Florida is from May to October. However, due to the sheer amount of varieties of mango and the climates they grow in, mangoes are typically available all throughout the year.
Whether a dragon fruit is certified organic or not will depend on the farm where it was grown. We partner only with the best family farms for exceptional quality of produce. When each harvest is available, we will tell you when the fruit is considered organic or conventional.
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