When it comes to mangoes, it becomes difficult to hold on our cravings for it. Because of their popularity in many parts of the world, including Asia (specifically India) and Central & South America, mangoes are considered the “King of Fruits.” Based on their poised nutritional profile, mangoes are, in fact, true superfruits. Besides being the favorite fruit of all, mangoes have many others aspects worth knowing. Here are some interesting facts about this delicious fruit:
1. Caesar of Hearts
Mango is designated as king of fruits because it is reigning the hearts of people since long through its various attributes including heat beater, remedial measures, taste, ingredient to various other yummy recipes like the pickle, mango salsa, mango desserts, mango cupcakes and much more.
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2. The Story behind its name!
The word “Mango” for the fruit came after various transpositions. As it was originated in India-Burma border where Sanskrit language was predominant at that time, it’s first name was “Aamra-Phalam.” Its transformation in Hindi language became “Aam-Phal.” Synonym of Phal in Tamil is Kaay, so Tamils called it by the name “Aam-Kaay” which gradually became “Maamkaay” due to differences in pronunciation. Malayalam people from India changed it further to “maanga.” When Portuguese people came across this fruit, they told about it to Britishers who again due to pronunciation differences changed it to Mango. And now it is called “Mango” world over.
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3. A long travel!
Around 300 or 400 A.D., Mango seeds traveled from Asia to the Middle East, East Africa and finally to South America.
4. The Mango Capital!
India is termed as the “Mango Capital of the World” as it tops the list of Mango producing countries followed by China, Thailand, Indonesia, and so on. Although India is the largest Mango producer country, in terms of international trade, it accounts less than 1%; India consumes most of its own Mango production.
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5. A reservoir of Vitamin C
A cup of Mango provides 100% of your daily requirement of Vitamin C. Besides Vitamin C, Mangoes are rich in Vitamin A, Vitamin B, and other antioxidants, which aid in keeping your immune system strong, fights cancerous cells, cholesterol control, and vision care.
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6. Dirty Mango
Yes, dear man! You heard it right. It is a good source of Vitamin E that is known as sex vitamin. Therefore, herbal treatments prescribe mangoes for increase virility in man. Keeping heed of this reason only, mangoes are said to have aphrodisiac nature that boosts love life by driving sex hormones up to the level to enjoy manhood optimally.
7. Remarkable Peel
Though mango peels are said to be dermatitis prone because of the latex and peep scattered on its surface it contains healthy benefits also. Mangoes are rich in phytonutrients namely carotenoids and polyphenols. Besides this, it also helps in preventing constipation, arthritis, dysentery, piles, and indigestion. So, next time, don’t just throw away the skin of mango but clean it properly so as to remove its peep and latex and then enjoy this delicious fruit.
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8. The remedial Mango leaves!
Mango leaves are filled with remedial and curative attributes. They are rich in vitamins, minerals, nutrients, and antioxidants, which help in treating or preventing diabetes, blood pressure, restlessness, gall and kidney stones, respiratory problems, and dysentery.
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9. The big Mango Family!
There are numerous varieties of Mango being produced throughout the world. In India itself, different varieties of Mango namely Alphonso, Safeda, Kesariya, Chausa, Dashehari, Langra, etc. are produced. In the US, different varieties of mangoes are available in different stretches of time throughout the year. Ataulfo, Keitt, Francis, Tomy Atkins, Kent, and Haden are some of the popular Mango varieties in the US.
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10. National Tree
In 2010, Bangladesh declared the Mango tree as its National Tree. Earlier, Bangladesh had no National Tree.
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11. Long Longevity!
Mango trees have long longevity as compared other fruit bearing trees. According to sources, some Mango trees bear fruits and flowers even at the age of 300 years and more.
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12. Don’t mess with the Mango!
Burning Mango leaves, woods, or debris is not advisable as they are toxic in nature and can infect eyes and lungs severely. Moreover, mango leaves are considered toxic for cattle feed as well. Earlier it was a practice to feed mango leaves to cattle so that their urine becomes dark yellow and that can be used in preparing dye. But later, it was banned seeing the repercussions in animals who are used in farming and all other cultivation processes.
13. Used in decoration!
The Mango tree is revered in the Indian culture and different parts of Mango trees like its leaves, fruits, barks, etc. are used in decorations during festivals and other rituals.
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14. Shares Nationality with Three Nations
It is its popularity only that three nations- India, Pakistan, and the Philippines have adopted Mango as their National Fruit.
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15. Helps in weight loss
Mangoes help in weight loss and also strengthen your bones as it contains Calcium and Vitamin D.
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