From India to America: a mango’s journey around the world

Mango (Mangifera indica) belongs to the sumac family (Anacardiaceae), which also includes cashews, pistarias and poison oak. This fruit is also called stone fruit, it has a hard stone surrounded by juicy yellow pulp. Mango peel can be yellow, green or red-green in color. The color depends on the variety. The fruit has a sweet taste and pleasant aroma.From India to America: a mango's journey around the world

Mango comes from India; in its homeland it is considered a sacred fruit, symbolizing love and life. There are over 1,000 varieties of mangoes grown in India, and the word “mango” comes from the Tamil word “mangai”. The plant grew in South Asia more than 4,000 years ago, and in the 16th century, Portuguese sailors brought it to Africa and South America. Mangoes are now grown in many tropical and subtropical countries such as China, Mexico, Brazil and the Philippines.