Before we start with our article on mango facts, we will like to ask you a question. Do you love mangoes? The reason why we are asking this question is that we have never come across a person who hates mangoes. We will like to meet one and know the reason for such hatred. Anyway, we don’t want to deviate from our purpose. Let us start with our list of 20 interesting mango facts.
Interesting Mango Facts: 1-10
1. King of all fruits – that is how mango is known all over the world.
2. Did you know that mangoes come from the same family of flowering plants to which the poison ivy belongs? Yes, poison ivy and pistachio tree are from the same flowering plants family. It is the Anachardiaceae family, which also includes Jamaican plum and cashew.
3. Mangkay – a Tamil word is from where the name mango has been derived. The name was distorted to ‘manga’ by Portuguese traders who settled in western regions of India.
4. Did you know that mango tree stands for love? Yes, it symbolizes love!
5. The places where mango first originated are:
- East India
- Andaman Islands that border Bay of Bengal
6. Africa and Middle East received mangoes from the Persians who carried the fruit there.
7. From Africa and Middle East, the fruit was taken to West Indies and Brazil by Portuguese.
8. In the US, the mango arrived in 19th century. The first place was Florida where the cultivators of mango introduced the fruit in 1830s. The next place was California where mango entered in 1880s.
9. This brings up the question, “when did mangoes first originate?” Mangoes were in cultivation in South Asia (East India, Burma, Andaman Islands) for thousands of years.
10. East Asia received mango somewhere in 4th and 5th century BCE. East Africa received it in 10th century CE.
Interesting Mango Facts: 11-20
11. One of the most interesting mango facts is that, India is world’s largest producer. However, the nation accounts for just 1% of international mango trade. Most of the mangoes India produces is consumed by Indians.
12. Did you know that mango is the national fruit of India, Philippines and Pakistan?
13. Did you know that in Bangladesh, the mango tree is the national tree?
14. Mango trees are evergreen plants. They are be really tall and reach the height of up to 130 feet.
15. A new mango tree will deliver the first set of fruits after 4 years. Mango trees can live really long. Some mango trees are known to produce fruits at the age of 300 years!
16. Mango leaves are often used in weddings in India and some Asian countries. The reason is that the leaves help the couple to bear a lot of children.
17. In Hinduism, mango tree plays a vital role. It is believed to grant wishes. It is also believed that hanging mango leaves at the entrance of the house during Diwali and Pongal and other festivals brings blessings to the house.
18. Kings as well as nobles of Southeast Asia used to have their own mango groves. They also had private cultivators. Owning mango groves was a matter of social status and pride.
19. Highly religious Hindus are often seen brushing teeth using mango twigs especially on holy days.