English Name: Mango
Common Indian Name (Hindi): Aam
- Mangoes belong to the genus Mangifera, family Anacardiaceae. The mango is indigenous to the Indian Subcontinent.
- A ripe mango is sweet, with a unique taste that nevertheless varies from variety to variety. The texture of the flesh varies, some having a soft, pulpy texture, while others have firmer flesh. In some cultivars, the flesh has a fibrous texture.
- Mango contains essential vitamins and dietary minerals. It contains antioxidant vitamins A, C and E, vitamin B6, vitamin K. Mangos are thought to feature vast amounts of Vitamin B3 (niacin), iron and potassium. It has been reported that the high amounts of beta-carotene featured in mangoes may help in aiding good vision.
- Mango peel contains pigments that may have antioxidant properties, including carotenoids, polyphenols and the unique mango xanthone, mangiferin, any of which may counteract free radicals in various disease mechanisms as revealed in preliminary research.
- Mango is thought to bring about a reduced risk of colon and cervical cancer.