Diane’s Dish On… Mangos

The mango is a juicy stone fruit belonging to the genus Mangifera, consisting of numerous tropical fruiting trees, that are cultivated mostly for edible fruits. The majority of these species are found in nature as wild mangoes. They all belong to the flowering plant familyAnacardiaceae. The mango is native to South and Southeast Asia, from where it has been distributed worldwide to become one of the most cultivated fruits in the tropics. The highest concentration of Mangifera genus is situated in western part of Malesia (Sumatra, Java and Borneo) and in Burma and India. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mango)

Carotenoid-rich mangos are good for your eyes, skin, and immune system. It is a tropical super fruit that originated in India. Mangos are in a family of fruit-bearing trees that includes cashews and pistachios. The mango is considered a drupe due to the edible flesh surrounding an inedible pit — similar to olives, cherries, and peaches. They are protected by a smooth outer skin and have an orange-yellow flesh with a sweet flavor. Mango season is from April to August.

Click here to have a look at some of the health benefits of mango, tips for cooking with it, and other fun facts.

Ripe mangoes being sold in a market in the Philippines

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