Interesting facts about Mangoes

Do you know which fruit is called as the “King of Fruits”?

There can be only one King and that fruit King is none other than “Mango” – a favorite delight that originated in India and is now consumed all over the world. The prime reason for the popularity of this fruit is none other than its unique flavor.

Mangoes are considered a comfort food in many parts of the world. They contain an enzyme with digestive properties similar to the ones found in papaya – which also makes them a very good tenderizing agent. Mangoes contain beta carotene, which the body converts to Vitamin A.

One medium-sized mango, weighing approximately 230 grams or 8 oz, contains as much as 135 calories and 57 micrograms of Vitamin C, which is more than 50% of the Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA). Besides, the medium-sized mango also provides 4 grams of fiber and a healthy amount of potassium. Mangoes are also high in pectin, a soluble fiber that is important in controlling blood cholesterol.

There are hundreds of different varieties of mangoes, ranging in size from 100 grams to more than 1.8
kilogram, but the medium or average size of the mangoes available in most places is between 230 grams to 340 grams.

How to buy a mango?

Usually mangoes are picked up from the trees and shipped to the stores while they are still somewhat green.

When buying a mango, it is advisable to look for one with flesh that yields slightly when you press gently and the skin of the fruit is preferably orangish or reddish. If the skin is completely green, the fruit may not ripen. Similarly, a fruit past its prime will have shriveled skin. Large dark spots on the skin means that the flesh is bruised.

A flowery fragrance indicates that the mango is ripe and flavorful. If you place an unripe mango in a paper bag in a cool location, it will ripen in 2 or 3 days. Ripe mangoes should be eaten as soon as possible.

How to eat a mango?

Eating a mango in itself is an art and eating it in the way it should be eaten will only enhance the joy and satisfaction of consuming this king of fruits.

A practical approach for eating the mango would be to make the mango into two vertical slices, remove the large seed from the center and then make simple slices. If required you can take off the peels from each sliced piece before eating.

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