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In some parts of the world, mango is called the “king of fruits.”

In the last three months I have learned perhaps why.

You see, I cut my hand mid-January and have had two surgeries to reattach the tendons in my left ring finger…all because I tried to pit the mango with a wine glass and the wine glass broke.


What Really Is a Mango?


Mangoes are a drupe, or stone fruit, which means that it has a large seed in the middle.


Where are Mangos Grown?


Mangoes grow on  evergreen trees that are native to India and Southeast Asia…where they have been cultivated for thousands of years.

Today mangoes are commercially grown in countries with the right climate…including Brazil, Spain, Bermuda, the West Indies, and Mexico.

Almost half of the world’s mangoes are cultivated in India alone.

In fact, India has declared mango as its “official national”..(by the way, the United States does not have a national fruit).

Here in the United States, they are grown in South Florida and the California, and Hawaii.


The Which


There are hundreds of types of mango varieties out there…each with a unique taste, shape, size, sweetness, skin eating quality, color, and flesh color—the flesh can range from pale yellow, gold, or orange…the shape can be round, oval, or kidney-shaped…the size can range anywhere from two to ten inches long…the weight can vary anywhere from five ounces to five pounds…the color of the skin can be green to yellow, yellow-orange, yellow-red, or blushed with various shades of red, purple, pink or yellow when fully ripe…the texture of the fruit can be soft, pulpy, juicy texture similar to an overripe plum or much firmer texture, like an avocado or cantaloupe.