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Why is Mango the King of Fruits?
Dr. Sushil Rudra
Mango is Our National fruit. It’s a delicious fruit that we generally call the Mango, the king of the fruits.
My Childhood Experiences: Why is mango the king of fruits?
I am very much fond of mango. In my childhood days, I used to go to the mango garden near my house to collect it. Although we have a big mango garden and a jackle fruit garden as well. Now it has been sold to the adjacent neighbours for housing purposes. My elder brother disposes of this big mango garden after my father’s death.
Still, I can recollect those days. When Kal Baishakhi ( cats and dogs rain in the first Bengali month in the calendar) took place in Bengal, the thunderstorms unplugged the mangoes from its branches. The adjacent Muslim cultivators used to collect those fruits and brought those mangoes with their Bamboo maid Jhuri ( containers) keeping over their head to our village home.
How diligence and loyal they were! I’m speaking of the days of the early sixties. I was then 5 to 6 years old. It’s like a hill of mangoes. Generally, these were Phoghli, Rani Pasand, Kanchamithe and so on.
That night and also the next few days my grandmother, mother, aunt, and 2 maidservants had to be busy cutting down into pieces and washing multi time keeping all those in some big containers.
They are usually boiled in a big Kadai. After that when it cools, the stones were separated from the boiled mango pieces. Generally, the stones inside of mango are a bitter taste. So stones were not used in making Amsatta.
MIYAZAKI : Why is Mango the King of Fruits?
The Miyazaki mango, generally found in Japan, is known as the world’s most costly mango. The rare mango is now found in India in West Bengal’s Birbhum district. it is priced at an exorbitant rate of Rs 3 lakh per kilogram.
A tree of Miyazaki mango that has been planted close to a mosque in Dubrajpur attracts people across the state.
Commonly found in Japan, this mango variety is predominantly grown during the peak harvest season – from April to August.
The Miyazaki mango undergoes a enthralling transformation as it ripens. initially, its colour is purple. but, as soon as it reaches its peak ripeness, it becomes a flaming red. A single Miyazaki mango weighs approximately 500 GM to 900 gm.
On Friday, the mosque authorities held an auction for the prized Miyazaki mangos, sometimes called ‘eggs of the sun’. The mosque was able to collect lakhs of rupees thru the sale of the rare mangos. The collected money might be used for the development of the mosque, the authorities said.
A neighborhood villager planted the Miyazaki mango tree years ago. It was only that the villagers learned that those mangos are the world’s most expensive ones. as the news spread in the locality, it became a factor of attraction.
What is Aamsatta? Why is Mango the King of Fruits?
The boiled mango pieces being pasted finely and mixed with jaggery, a pinch of salt, and pepper, fried spices like jeera dust, Gommorich, elaichi etc to be boiled in a Kadai and after 15 to 20 minutes it was kept in big Kangsha Thalies. Everyday all these chillies were kept under the sun rays on the roofs of 2nd floor of our home. This is called in Bengali” Aamsatwa”.
It’s delicious when it comes out after frying from the sun heat. While it’s under the sky, every dishes and utensils were kept covering with a clean white clothes to protect it from any birds or other creatures.
Immature Black Mango fruit
|More than 50 species; see listing|
Mangoes belong to the genus Mangifera, consisting of numerous species of tropical fruiting trees in the flowering plant family Anacardiaceae. The mango is indigenous to the Indian Subcontinent especially India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Southeast Asia.
Therefore, it is cultivated in many tropical regions and distributed widely in the world, mango is one of the most extensively exploited fruits for food, juice, flavor, fragrance and color, making it a common ingredient in new functional foods often called superfruits.
Its leaves are ritually used as floral decorations at weddings and religious ceremonies. I can remember that we made the ring and decorated my elder brother’s shop with the chain of mango leaves. Even its branches with leaves are used in Mangal Ghat. Its also the national fruit of India.
The Table of Contents: Why is Mango the King of Fruits?
|1 Etymology2 Description3 Cultivation and uses3.1 Diseases3.2 Food3.3 In Indian cuisine3.4 Elsewhere3.5 Nutrient and antioxidant properties4 Production and consumption5 Cultivars6 Species7 See also8 Notes9 References10 External links|
The name mango is ultimately either from the Kodagu mange, the Malayalam manga, or the Tamil mangai, and was loaned into Portuguese in the early 16th century as manga, from where the Portuguese passed into English. The ending in -o appears in English and is of unclear origin.
Mango trees (Mangifera indica L.) reach 35-40 m in height, with a crown radius of 10 m. The tree is long-lived with some specimens known to be over 300 years old and still fruiting.
In deep soil, the taproot descends to a depth of 20 ft, and the profuse, wide-spreading feeder roots also send down many anchor roots which penetrate for several feet.
The leaves are evergreen, alternate, simple, 15-35 cm long and 6-16 cm broad; when the leaves are young they are orange-pink, rapidly changing to a dark glossy red, then dark green as they mature.
The flowers are produced in terminal panicles 10-40 cm long; each flower is small and white with five petals 5-10 mm long, with a mild sweet odour suggestive of the lily of the valley. The fruit takes from three to six months to ripen.
The Ripe Fruits : Why is Mango the King of Fruits?
The ripe fruit is variable in size and color, and may be yellow, orange, red or green when ripe, depending on the cultivar. When ripe, the unpeeled fruit gives off a distinctive resinous sweet smell. In its center is a single flat oblong seed that can be fibrous or hairy on the surface, depending on the cultivar. Inside the seed coat 1-2 mm thick is a thin lining covering a single embryo, 4-7 cm long, 3-4 cm wide, and 1 cm thick.
Mango fruits are often cut into a “hedgehog” style for eating (left). A cross section of a mango can be seen on the right
Cultivation and uses
Mango tree with flowers
The 14th-century Muslim traveller, Ibn Battuta, reported it at Mogadishu.
Mango is now cultivated as a fruit tree in frost-free tropical and warmer subtropical climates like that of the Indian subcontinent; nearly half of the world’s mangoes are cultivated in India alone.
It is easily cultivated yielding more than 1,000 cultivars, ranging from the “turpentine mango” (named for its strong taste of turpentine, which according to the Oxford Companion to Food some varieties contain) to the huevos de toro (“eggs of the bull”, a euphemism for “bull‘s testicles“, referring to the shape and size).
Though India is the largest producer of mangoes in the world, it accounts for less than one percent of the global mango trade.
Dwarf or semi-dwarf varieties serve as ornamental plants and can be grown in containers.
Mango as a Food: Why is Mango the King of Fruits?
A ripe mango is sweet, with a unique taste that nevertheless varies from variety to variety. The texture of the flesh varies between cultivars, some having a soft, pulpy texture similar to an over-ripe plum, while others have firmer flesh like a cantaloupe or avocado. In some cultivars, the flesh has a fibrous texture.
A pack of amchur (or dry mango) powder in India.
In Indian cuisine : Why is Mango the King of Fruits?
In India, ripe mangoes are often cut into thin layers, desiccated, folded, and then cut. These bars,knownas aampapdi,’ amavat or halva in Hindi, are similar to dried guava fruit bars available in Colombia.
In many parts of India, people eat squeezed mango juice (called ras) on a variety of bread. This is part of the meal rather than a dessert. Unripe mangoes (which are extremely sour) are eaten with salt, and in regions where food is hotter, with salt and chili.
In Kerala, ripe mangoes are used in a dish called mambazha kaalan.
In Maharashtra,moramba (a kind of preserve, made from jaggery and mango) and aamrus (Pulp/Thick Juice made of mangoes, with a bit of sugar if needed and milk at times) are famous.
A spicy, sweet and sour semi-liquid side dish called meth-amba is made from unripe mango slices called Kairi, jaggery and fenugreek seeds. They can be enjoyed with poories and policies, like jam.
During the hot summer months, a cooling summer drink called panha (in Marathi) and panna (across north India) is made with raw mango. Mango lassi is made by adding mango pulp to the North Indian yoghurt drink lassi.
The fruit is also used in a variety of cereal products, in particular muesli and oat granola. Dried and powdered unripe mango is known as amchur (sometimes spelled amchoor) in India and ambi in Urdu. Amb is a Sindhi, aamba a Marathi, and aam a Hindi/Urdu/Punjabi word for mango.
In Mexico, mango is used to make juices, smoothies, ice cream, fruit bars, raspados, aguas frescas, pies and sweet chili sauce, or mixed with chamoy, a sweet and spicy chili paste. It is popular on a stick dipped in hot chili powder and salt or also as a main ingredient in fresh fruit combinations.
Pieces of mango can be mashed and used as a topping on ice cream or blended with milk and ice as milkshakes. In Thailand and other South East Asian countries, sweet glutinous rice is flavored with coconut then served with sliced mango as a dessert.
In Taiwan, mango is a topping that can be added to shaved ice along with condensed milk.
In Costa Rica and Guatemala, mango is either eaten green with salt, or ripe in various forms. Only in Costa Rica, ripe mangoes are called manga to differentiate them. In Guatemala, toasted and ground pumpkin seed with lime and salt are the norm when eating green mangoes.
Nutrient and antioxidant properties
Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)
|Energy 70 kcal 270 kJ|
|Carbohydrates 17.00 g- Sugars 14.8 g- Dietary fiber 1.8 g Fat0.27 gProtein.51 gVitamin A equiv. 38 μg 4%- β-carotene 445 μg 4%Thiamine (Vit. B1) 0.058 mg 4%Riboflavin (Vit. B2) 0.057 mg 4%Niacin (Vit. B3) 0.584 mg 4%Pantothenic acid (B5) 0.160 mg 3%Vitamin B6 0.134 mg10%Folate (Vit. B9) 14 μg 4%Vitamin C 27.7 mg46%Calcium 10 mg1%Iron 0.13 mg1%Magnesium 9 mg2% Phosphorus 11 mg2%Potassium 156 mg 3%Zinc 0.04 mg0%|
|Percentages are relative to US|
recommendations for adults.
Source: USDA Nutrient database
Mango is rich in a variety of phytochemicals and nutrients that qualify it as a model “superfruit“, a term used to highlight potential health value of certain edible fruits. The fruit is high in prebiotic dietary fiber, vitamin C, polyphenols and carotenoids.
The edible mango peel has considerable value as a source of dietary fibre and antioxidant pigments. Contained within the peel and pulp are rich contents of polysaccharides as fibre sources, especially starch and pectins.
Antioxidants of the peel and pulp include carotenoids, such as the provitamin A compound, beta-carotene, lutein and alpha-carotene, polyphenols such as quercetin, kaempferol, gallic acid, caffeic acid, catechins, tannins and so on.
The unique mango xanthone, mangiferin, any of which may counteract free radicals in various disease mechanisms as revealed in preliminary research.
Contents of these phytochemicals and nutrients appear to vary across different mango species. Up to 25 different carotenoids have been isolated from mango pulp, the densest content for which was beta-carotene accounting for the yellow-orange pigmentation of most mango species.
The pigment euxanthin, known as Indian yellow, is often thought to be produced from the urine of cows fed mango leaves; the practice is described as having been outlawed in 1908 due to malnutrition of the cows and possible urushiol poisoning.
Production and consumption: Why is mango the king of the fruits?
Mangoes account for approximately fifty percent of all tropical fruits produced worldwide. The Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations estimates worldwide production of mangoes at more than 23 million tons in 2001.
With 12 million tons produced annually (2002-3 data), India accounts for almost half of the world production, followed by China (3 million tons), Pakistan (2.25 million tons), Mexico (1.5 million tons) and Thailand (1.35 million tons).
Alphonso, Benishan or Benishaan (Banganpalli in Telugu and Tamil) and Kesar mango varieties are considered among the best mangoes in the Southern States.
Alphonso is named after Afonso De Albuquerque who reputedly brought the drupe on his journeys to Goa. The locals took to calling this Aphoos in Konkani and in Maharashtra the pronunciation got further corrupted to Hapoos. This variety then was taken to the Konkan region of Maharashtra and other parts of India.
Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka states in the south, Gujarat in western India, and Uttar Pradesh and Bihar in the north are major producers of mangoes harvested especially to make spicy mango pickles having regional differences in taste.
In Pakistan the popular mangoes are the Sindhri and Chaunsa, besides other varieties like Langra, Anwar Ratoal and Malva.
The Sindhri mango is primarily produced in the province of Sindh and can measure up to half a foot in length. It is generally considered one of the best mangoes in the world.
Generally, once ripe, mangoes have an orange-yellow or reddish peel and are juicy for eating while those intended for export are often picked while under-ripe with green peels.
Although its flavour produces ethylene while ripening, unripened exported mangoes do not have the same juiciness or flavour as fresh fruit.
- India : 2,143,000 hectares
- China : 445,000 hectares
- Thailand : 285,000 hectares
- Indonesia : 266,000 hectares
- Pakistan : 215,000 hectares
- Mexico : 200,000 hectares
- Philippines : 181,000 hectares
- Nigeria : 126,500 hectares
- Brazil : 89,800 hectares
- Guinea : 82,000 hectares
- Viet Nam : 52,000 hectares
- Bangladesh : 51,000 hectares
|Top Ten Mangoes Producers — 2007|
|People’s Republic of China||3752000||F|
|No symbol = official figure, P = official figure, F = FAO estimate, * = Unofficial/Semi-official/mirror data, C = Calculated figure A = Aggregate(may include official, semi-official or estimates);|
Source: Food And Agricultural Organization of United Nations: Economic And Social Department: The Statistical Devision
Cultivars: Why is Mango the King of Fruits?
Many hundreds of named mango cultivars exist. In mango orchards, several cultivars are often intermixed to improve cross-pollination. Many desired cultivars are mono-embryonic and need to be propagated by grafting methods or else they will not be true-to-type.
A common (mono-embryonic) cultivar is Alphonso known in Asia under its original name, Hapoos. As it is extremely popular, even outside the Indian subcontinent, Alphonso is an important export product.
Cultivars excelling in one climate may fail to achieve elsewhere. For example, the cultivar Julie, a Jamaican favorite, and Alphonso have not been successfully grown in Florida.
The current world market is dominated by the cultivar Tommy Atkins, a seedling of Haden which first fruited in 1940 in southern Florida, USA. Despite being initially rejected commercially by Florida researchers, Tommy Atkins is now a favorite worldwide.
80% of mangoes in UK supermarkets are Tommy Atkins. Despite its fibrous flesh and fair taste, growers worldwide have embraced the cultivar for its exceptional production and disease resistance, the shelf-life of its fruit, their transportability as well as size and appealing colour.
Moreover, Tommy Atkins is predominant in the USA as well. Although other cultivars, such Kent, Keit, the Haitian grown Madame Francis and the Mexican grown Champagne are widely available.
In urban areas of southern Florida, small gardens, or lack thereof, have fueled the desire for dwarf mango trees. The Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden has promoted “condo mangoes” which produce at a height below 2-2.5 m.
There is an Australian variety of mango known as R2E2, a name based on the orchard row location of the original plant.
There are many species of mango, including:
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