Mango’s soft orange-coloured flesh, and its sweet, yet tangy taste have earned it many fans in the gastronomic world. After all, its a good in a dessert as it is a savoury meal. Yet there are probably many things you do not know about this delicious, natural fruit. With that in mind, next time you bite into a plump mango, and the juice runs down your chin, remember the fascinating facts below.
You probably do like mango
Chances are that if you live in the US, you’ve only ever had one type of mango – the Tommy Atkins variety. Sadly, while it stands up to being shipped and displayed well, the Tommy Atkins is one of the least delicious types of mango out there, which means if you don’t like what you have tasted so far, all is not lost.
Indeed, with hundreds of varieties to choose from with a wide variety of qualities from sharp, to buttery it’s well worth trying one of these to see if this changes your mind about the mango.
They make a great addition to a salad or salsa
Next, an important fact is that mangoes are not only great eaten when eaten in slices like a traditional fruit but are an ideal ingredient to add to salads and salsas as well. This is because mangos can be both sweet and tangy, and when this is combined with other ingredients it can complement them perfectly.
For example, this Avocado, Mango and Lime Summer Salad is super simple to whip up on a hot summer’s day and is delicious too.
Adding mango to a salsa works brilliantly as well because the sweetness of the fruit balances out any heat from the chillies, providing a pleasant experience and great taste.
Mangos are fairly new in America
While India has been growing and eating mangos for over 5000 years they didn’t reach America until the early 20th century. Indeed, even then, whole mangoes didn’t make it back to US shores, as the captain of the ship transporting them complained they were too heavy. This prompted a novel solution, where Indian children were asked to eat the mangos, (which they did readily) leaving only the stones behind to ship.
Diabetics can eat mangos (in moderation)
Another fact is that, contrary to popular opinion, the answer to the question of can diabetics eat mango, is yes. Indeed, the mango is a very nutritious fruit that is packed full of vitamin C, Vitamin A, folate, and potassium. It’s also true that there is quite a bit of sugar in mango, and that is where the moderation part comes in. although there is also plenty of fiber which can help balance this.
Mangos trees are sacred
While Siddartha Goteima aka the Buddha achieved enlightenment under the Bodhi Tree, he and his disciples also have a connection to Mango trees. This is because they spent time resting in lush and fragrant mango groves which makes the mango tree a sacred and much-revered plant in Buddhism.