I love, love, LOVE mangoes. The rich, sweet and yellow pulp is just way too delicious! But don't get me wrong, I also love the crunchy green mangoes, I just don't like making them into fruit shakes.
But did you know these:
- The mango is known as the "king of fruit" throughout the world.
- The name mango is derived from the Tamil word 'mangkay' or 'man-gay'.
- The Mango tree plays a sacred role in India; it is a symbol of love and some believe that the Mango tree can grant wishes.
- The Tahis like to munch mango buds, with Sanskrit poets believing they lend sweetness to the voice.
- Mango leaves are considered toxic and can kill cattle or other grazing livestock.
- Mangoes are bursting with protective nutrients. The vitamin content depends upon the variety and maturity of the fruit, when the mango is green the amount of vitamin C is higher, as it ripens the amount of beta carotene (vitamin A) increases.
- The mango is a member of the Anachardiaceae family. Other distant relatives include the cashew, pistachio, Jamaica plum, poison ivy and poison oak.
- Dermatitis can result from contact with the resinous latex sap that drips from the stem end when mangos are harvested. The mango fruit skin is not considered edible.