Mango Facts

    Fun Facts

    • Mangos are one of the most popular fruit in the World
    • Mangos were first grown in India over 5,000 years ago
    • Mango seeds traveled with humans from Asia to the Middle East, East Africa and South America beginning around 300 or 400 A.D.
    • The paisley pattern, developed in India, is based on the shape of a mango
    • A basket of mangos is considered a gesture of friendship in India
    • Legend says that Buddha meditated under the cool shade of a mango tree
    • Mangos are related to cashews and pistachios
    • A mango tree can grow as tall as 100 feet
    • The bark, leaves, skin and pit of the mango have been used in folk remedies for centuries


    • A one-cup serving of mangos is 100 calories
    • Mangos provide 100% of your daily vitamin C, 35% of your daily vitamin A and 12% of your daily fiber
    • For more mango nutrition click here

    Selection and Ripening

    • Don’t judge a mango by its color – red does not mean ripe
    • Squeeze gently to judge ripeness
    • A ripe mango will “give” slightly and a firm mango will ripen at room temperature over a few days
    • To speed up ripening, place mangos in a paper bag at room temperature
    • Once ripe, mangos can be moved to the refrigerator to slow down ripening for several days
    • For more information on how to choose a mango click here

    Eating Mangos

    • In many Latin American countries, mango on a stick with the skin peeled back is sold by street vendors
    • Mangos can be enjoyed with salt, lime juice or chili powder for a unique flavor experience
    • Mangos have natural tenderizing properties, making them a perfect ingredient for marinades
    • Try the versatile mango in smoothies, salads, salsas, chutneys, on fish, chicken or pork, as a dessert or just plain as a delicious snack

    Varieties, Seasons and Sources

    • Most of the mangos sold in the U.S. come from Mexico, Peru, Ecuador, Brazil, Guatemala and Haiti
    • Mangos are available all year long
    • Most of the mangos sold in the U.S. are one of six varieties: Tommy Atkins, Haden, Kent, Keitt, Honey and Francis
    • For more mango varieties and availability click here


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