The mango is said to be one of the oldest fruits, and one that held an important place in ancient cultures. Historians and archaeologists believe that the mango comes from India. They spread west through both nature and human help. Mangoes spread to eastern Asia via Buddhist monks traveling to those territories. Later, Persian traders took mangoes to the Middle East and East Africa. The Portuguese traders who at one point colonized the Indian subcontinent brought mangoes to the new World. The maahvelous mango is without a doubt my favorite fruit.
Although fossil records indicate that mangoes go back as far as 25 million years, cultivation did not actually begin until about 4,000 years ago. It is believed that initially the fruit was somewhat small and not very fleshy and rather fibrous.
Mangoes grow in tropical and subtropical regions. Puerto Rico, Mexico, Hawaii, Florida and California are top producers of mangoes.
Apart from being absolutely delicious, mangoes are a powerhouse of nutrition. Mangoes are high in fiber, vitamins, minerals and rich in antioxidants. Furthermore, mangoes are high in potassium, a nutrient that our body uses to promote good heart health as well as healthy cells.
There are many varieties of mangoes and you can eat them ripe or green; the taste is different though. In Indonesia, and throughout Southeast Asia for example they eat a green mango salad. I will be posting some Indonesian mango recipes since my niece’s husband is from Indonesia.
But, before I do that you might want to check out some of my existing mango recipes like: mango black bean salsa, my creamy mango lime bars for a fabulous dessert. Or to quench your thirst, how about a frozen mango drink? Aah, I am drooling just thinking about these.
So now, you know more about mangoes than anyone you know. Go impress your friends and intimidate your enemies with your extensive mango knowledge, and of course eat some mangoes too!!! The maahvelous mango is a fabulous fruit.