Mango is one of the most popular and nutritionally rich fruit with unique flavor and fragrance.
It is one of the delicious seasonal fruits developed in the tropics and the tree is believed to have originated in the sub-Himalayan plains of Indian subcontinent.
Ahead of the 'Mango season', here are top 10 facts about the 'king of fruits'-
- Mango leaves are considered toxic and can kill cattle or other grazing livestock.
- A mango tree can grow as tall as 100 feet.
- Apart from India, mango is the national fruit of Pakistan and the Philippines.
- The oldest living mango tree is 300 years old and is found in East Khandesh. The old tree still produces viable fruit.
- Mango seeds are used to make soap due to their high stearic acid content.
- Nearly 50% of world’s mangoes are produced in India, but the country accounts for less than one percent due to the fact that it consumes most of its own production.
- Burning of mango wood, leaves and debris results in toxic fumes that may cause serious irritation to eyes and lungs.
- Mango is a member of the cashew family of flowering plants.
- Most pollination of mango flowers is done by flies and fruit bats.
- A cup serving of mangoes is 100 calories.