Mango is one of the most consumed fruits in the world. It is more than just a fruit; in many countries of the world, it is an integral part of culture and history. Mangoes were first cultivated in India over 5000 years ago.
In the summer, most people choose mangoes. Mangoes are the most popular fruit and are used in a variety of cuisines, including mango shakes, smoothies, cakes, ice cream, and more. Mango Day or National Mango Day is celebrated on July 22.
According to The Hindu, Kerala’s Kannapuram in Kannur district has been designated as an ‘indigenous mango heritage area’. More than 200 different varieties of mangoes grow in the panchayat. Several varieties of native mangoes can be found in Kannapuram.
About the mango
Mango is a fruit that belongs to the cashew family and bears the scientific name of Mangifera Indica (Anacardiaceae). One of the most important and widely grown fruits in tropical regions. Mango trees are said to be native to East Asia, Myanmar (Burma) and the Indian state of Assam. Mangoes, as we all know, are an excellent source of vitamins A, C and D.
Mango is a juicy fruit that can be eaten when ripe and is also used as a green in pickles. It is the national fruit of India. Mangoes come in over a hundred different varieties in India, all with unique colors, shapes and sizes. Mango cultivation has existed in India for ages. The poet Kalidasa sang his praises. Even Alexander and Chinese traveler Hieun Tsang enjoyed its flavor. At a place called Lakhi Bagh in Darbhanga, Bihar, Mughal Emperor Akbar planted around 100,000 mango trees.
History of National Mango Day
Although the history and origin of the day is uncertain, the mango itself has a long history. In India, mango cultivation dates back more than 5000 years. It is intimately linked to Indian folklore and religious rituals. A mango grove was given to Buddha personally. The name ‘mango’, by which the fruit is known in English and Spanish-speaking countries, is likely derived from the Malayam word ‘manna’, which the Portuguese adopted when they arrived in Kerala in 1498 to trade in spices. The tree was not introduced to the Western Hemisphere until around 1700 due to the difficulty of transporting the seeds, and after being planted in Brazil it reached the West Indies around 1740. The juicy Mango fruit is grown in the most frost-free tropical climates. .
Some interesting facts about mango
Mangoes first appeared in India over 5,000 years ago.
Around AD 300 or 400, the seeds spread from Asia to the Middle East, East Africa and South America through human travel.
Mangoes are related to cashews and pistachios.
Their trees can reach up to 100 feet with a canopy over 35 feet.
Trees can still bear fruit after 300 years.
Their flowers are pollinated by insects.
India is the largest fruit producer, followed by China and Thailand.
How to Celebrate National Mango Day
You can buy a number of mangoes on this day and try various recipes. There are several varieties of mango, which you can eat with your family members. Each variety has a distinct flavor and texture. Mangoes can be eaten fresh or used to make a variety of dishes, including pickles, ice cream, desserts, drinks, and smoothies. You can also read about mangoes on this day. On National Mango Day, you can also upload photos and share them on social media.
First published: July 16, 2022, 02:50 IST