12 Interesting Mango Facts Even The Non Mango Lovers Would Enjoy!

Indians love their mangoes, and the love is not only rooted in the fact that mangoes could possibly be one of the oldest fruits cultivated in the subcontinent. There are so many more reasons, why the ‘king of fruits’ has enjoyed such a massive fan following across all ages, class and various other social barriers.
Here are 12 interesting facts about mango:
1. Mango is one of the oldest fruits known to India.

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Legends claim that they were first grown in India over 5,000 years ago. It is often said that the hills of north-eastern India adjoining Myanmar are likely centre of origin of mango.
2. Mangoes are of huge importance for Buddhists.

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They consider it sacred because the Buddha was accustomed to rest in the lush mango groves
3. Mangoes for Alexander the Great

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It is said that the rich and pulp flavour of the fruit also caught the fancy of Alexander the Great, who upon his return to Greece, carried enough mangoes along.
4. The Origin of the name

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In South India, mangoes were referred to as aam-kaay in Tamil. This became maam-kaay owing to the many local dialects down south. Somewhere along the line, it started getting referred to as maanga. It was the Portuguese who finally gave it its present name ‘mango,’ and popularized it everywhere.
5. Hindu scriptures are filled with folklores and legends surrounding mangoes.

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In one of the oldest myths, mango is said to be the daughter of Sun God Surya who marries a king. The curse of the first wife of the king turns her into ashes, from the ashes rose a wonderful mango tree. When a mango fell to the ground it turned into the princess and she was reunited with her king.
6. Mango grafting was first used by Portuguese

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According to the book, ‘A Historical Dictionary of Indian Food’, mango grafting was first used by Portuguese and yielded the famous varieties like Frenandin. The sea-faring Portuguese introduced it to many other countries who had never tasted the fruit.
7. The Mughal Patronage also played a role in mango grafting.

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For the long time, it was allowed only in royal gardens, until Shah Jahan lifted the limitation
8. Emperor’s favourite

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It is said that mangoes were a favourite of emperor Jahangir.
9. The Langda Aam

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One of the most loved variety of mangoes; the langda aam, was named after a lame farmer of Varanasi, who noticed the variety growing in his backyard. Langda means lame in Hindi.
10. In Ancient India, mango trees were a symbol of prosperity.

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The ancient Indian rulers, planted mango trees along roadsides as a symbol of prosperity.
11. The fairest fruit of Hindustan.

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The famous Persian poet Amir Khusrau from 13th century A.D. dubbed mango the ‘Naghza Tarin Mewa Hindustan’, the fairest fruit of Hindustan.
12. India’s National Fruit

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In addition to India, mango is also the national fruit of India, Pakistan and Philippines.
India is termed as the “Mango Capital of the World” as it tops the list of Mango producing countries followed by China, Thailand, Indonesia, and so on. Although India is the largest Mango producer country, in terms of international trade, it accounts less than 1% because India consumes most of its own Mango production!