Mango Month is celebrated across the country in June every year. This month is a celebration of this tropical fruit that is juicy, delicious, and represents summer. The month is an occasion for people to eat mangoes, try different varieties, and make different recipes inspired by this delicious fruit.
There are several hundred cultivars of mango that are found around the world. Depending on the type, mangoes can vary in their sweetness, tartness, size, shape, and skin and flesh color. In the U.S., mangoes are available all year long.
History of Mango Month
Mango Month is celebrated every year across the country in June. This month is set aside to celebrate all the different varieties of mango and the delicious recipes that can be made with them.
Mangoes are a tropical stone fruit that have been cultivated since ancient times. They are believed to have originated in South or Southeast Asia. As mangoes have been cultivated in these regions for thousands of years, the different varieties or cultivars of mango are divided into the Indian and the Southeast Asian cultivars.
Depending on the variety, the flesh of the mango can be more yellow, orange, or green, which can be blushed with pink, green, or purple colors as they ripen. Mango cultivars vary in tartness, sweetness, size, and shape.
There is some debate about where mangoes were first cultivated. Testing and research indicate that, as per the genetic variety evident in the Southeast Asian mangoes, mangoes were likely cultivated in Southeast Asia, then introduced to South Asia. However, there is no conclusive evidence, as there could be any number of reasons for the increased genetic variety in the Southeast Asian mangoes.
From Asia, mangoes traveled to East Africa through trade, and the fruit was taken around the world during the Colonial Era. From India to West Africa, from West Africa to Brazil, from Brazil to Mexico and the Caribbean — the mango traveled far and wide and became immediately popular wherever it was cultivated. Today, mangoes are easily cultivated in tropical and subtropical climates.
Mango Month timeline
Arab and Persian traders carry mango saplings and seeds back to their home countries from South Asia.
In the Colonial Era, the mango is taken from South Asia to Africa, the Americas, and other countries around the world.
Mangoes are introduced to Mexico and Brazil in the early 1700s, but only arrive in Florida in the 1800s.
Filipino Horticulturist Ramon Barba discovers how potassium and ethrel can be used to induce flowering in mango trees, which makes mangoes fruit year-round.
Mango Month FAQs
What is the side effect of eating a mango?
Eating too many mangoes can cause diarrhea.
Are mangoes good for hair?
Mangoes are rich in vitamins, which can enhance hair growth.
Why do mangoes make you sleepy?
Mangoes contain the vitamin B-6, which enhances the production of serotonin, inducing sleep.
Mango Month Activities
Try different varieties of mango
One of the best ways to celebrate Mango Month is to eat as many varieties of them as possible. Get your hands on all the varieties from your local markets and enjoy.
Try mango recipes
If you have a lot of mangoes at home, use them in delicious recipes. There are savory and sweet recipes, so you can pick the ones that work best for you.
Share your mango experience
Use the hashtag #AlwaysMangoSZN to share ideas and experiences with the world. Don’t forget to check the hashtag yourself for more great ideas.
5 Facts About Mangoes That You Probably Didn’t Know
India leads world production
Almost half of the mangoes produced in the world come from India.
Mangoes are mostly water
About 84% of the mango is made up of water.
The stone fruit family
Mangoes are part of the stone fruit family, along with cashews and pistachios.
It’s higher in sugar than most fruits
The average mango contains about 1.6 oz of sugar, which is why mangoes are more delicious than other fruit.
It’s the national tree of Bangladesh
Mangoes have an important place in South Asia — the mango tree is the national tree of Bangladesh, and mangoes are the national fruit of India, Pakistan, and the Philippines.
Why We Love Mango Month
We love eating mangoes
We think that mangoes are delicious, and we love any excuse to eat them. We can’t wait to try all the different varieties.
We want to try new recipes
We love that mangoes can be used in so many different ways. We have recipes queued up and are ready to get cooking.
We want to share the love
We want to share our love for mangoes and get more people to eat them. We want to share all our mango season experiences and get people excited about mangoes.
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