July 22 is a great day to celebrate Mango Day – the day of juicy, fragrant, sweet summer fruit. Mango is surprising in that there are different varieties, each has its own shape, taste, and aroma. Moreover, in different countries they eat the fruit differently. For example, in India and Pakistan, mangoes are carefully crushed, a hole is made and the juicy pulp is sucked out. Most of the summer fruit stocks are in South Asia, and China is the world’s second largest producer.
According to one version, mangoes were first grown about 4 thousand years ago in India. The stone fruit grows on a tree that reaches a height of 150 feet and also stands out for its long lifespan. From India, the fruit traveled to many countries. Due to the large stone, it had to be transported, since birds and animals could not carry it.
- Young mango trees have orange-red leaves, but with age they become a rich green color.
- It takes 4-5 months for the fruit to mature.
- There are about five hundred types of mangoes in the world, but this fruit is of particular importance for India. The Buddha was depicted sitting next to a large mango tree.
- According to one of the legends, the Great Mogul Babur, when he tried the amazing mango fruit, decided to conquer India.
- Mango is recognized as the national fruit of India and Pakistan, and the mango tree has also received national status in Bangladesh.
- Mango is the king of fruits, as it is the most consumed in the world and leads in the number of vitamins and minerals.
- Mango is a close relative of cashews and pistachios.
How to take part
Eat as much of the king of fruits as possible, enjoy its sweetness and aroma. Stock up on enough paper towels. Since mango is a versatile fruit, it can be used to prepare a variety of dishes – sweet and savory, for example, or salad and ice cream.
When is Mango Day celebrated in 2023?
Mango Day is observed on July 22 each year.