Mangoes are considered to be one of the oldest fruit which were first grown in India over 5000 years ago. The species name of the mango is Magniferi Indica. The oldest living mango tree is 300 years old and is found in Khandesh. The leaves of mango tree are considered to be sacred and are used in almost all Hindu rituals. In addition to India, Mango is a national fruit of Pakistan and Philipines.
When a mango is green, it is affluent in vitamin ‘C’ while as this ripens and matures vitamins ‘A’ increases.
A basket of mangoes is considered to be a gesture of friendship in India. One of the most loved variety of mangoes- Langda Aam. It was named after a lame farmer of Varanasi who noticed this variety growing in his backyard. Since then, people started calling this variety of mangoes as Langda Aam(in English Langda means Lane).
Some popular varieties of mangoes:
Industries showing keen interest in growing mangoes
- Reliance Industries, which grows more than120 varieties of mango in a 600-acre green belt at its Jamnagar refinery complex.
- Essar Group, produced 80 tonnes of mango last season compared with less than seven tonnes.
- A ripe mango is known to be bearing 14% sugar by weight and 0.5% acid by weight. It also provides 100% of your daily vitamins C, 35% of vitamins A and 12% of fibers.
- This fruit is not only delicious but also boosts our immunity. Mangoes and its nutrients are proved to be beneficial for digestive system, improves eye sights as well as lower the risk of cancer.
- It also help us to lower Cholesterol, and give nutrition to the skin. Even diabetes patient can enjoy this fruit.