15 Fun Facts about Mangoes
1 First grown in India over 5,000 years ago
2 In India, it’s a symbol of love and some believe that they can even grant wishes
3 The paisley pattern often used in textiles is based on the shape of the mango
4 The word mango is thought to have derived from the Tamil word mangkay or man-gay
5 Queensland has around 7,000 ha of mango farms, with Mareeba on the Atherton Tablelands one of the major mango growing regions
6 The oldest living mango tree is 300 years old and is found in East Khandesh – and still produces viable fruit!
7 Mangoes are related to pistachios and cashews.
8 Mango leaves are known to be used at weddings to ensure the couple bear plenty of children
9 It is believed that Buddha meditated under the cool shade of a mango tree
10 More fresh mangoes are eaten around the world every day than any other fruit
11 Mangoes contain high amounts of pectin, a soluble dietary fibre that contributes to lowering blood cholesterol levels
12 A basket of mangoes may be offered as a token of friendship in India
13 There are over 400 varieties of mango grown around the world.
14 The Guinness World Record for the heaviest mango is 3.43kg!
15 Mangoes won’t ripen in the fridge – put green mangos in a paper bag at room temperature to speed up the ripening process