37 varieties of Mangoes (Photographs)
I present you the photographs of 37 varieties of Mangoes which were displayed in Lalbagh Botanical Gardens during the annual Mango and Jackfruit Fair 2015. The fair was conducted in the month of May-June 2015.
I have also documented some facts about mangoes and its nutritional value as well. While you go through the photographs, you may also wish to read these facts which are sourced from Wikipedia and other nutritional books.
The nations admire mangoes! That is why mango is the national fruit of India, Pakistan and the Philippines. The mango tree is the national tree of Bangladesh. No doubt the Mango is the king of all fruits.
Mango is a English word but did you know where it originated from? It was from Malayalam word “Manna” via Portuguese (Manga) during the spice trade between Kerala and Portuguese in 1498.
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Even the Mughal Emperor Akbar (1556-1605 AD) was fond of mango. He is believed to have planted a mango orchard having 1 lakh trees in eastern India.
In some cultures, the mango leaves are used as floral decorations during the weddings and festivals.
The Jain goddess Ambika is represented as sitting under a Mango Tree and the Hindu god Lord Ganesha is shown as holding mango as a symbol of attainment. The mango blossoms are used in the worship of goddess Saraswati.
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Mango motifs and paisleys are widely used in different Indian embroidery styles and are found in Kashmiri shawls, Kanchipuram Silk Sarees etc.
In Tamil Nadu, the mango is referred to as one of the three royal fruits, along with banana and jackfruit for their sweetness and flavor.
In West Indies, the expression “to go mango walk” means to steal another person’s mango fruits. This is celebrated in the famous song, “The Mango Walk”.
Health Benefits of Mango
Mango prevents cancer – according to some research, the anti-oxidant compounds in mango fruit have been found to protect against colon, breast, leukemia and prostate cancer.
In a research conducted in 2002 by Dr. Sue Percival, the white blood cells from mice were exposed to cancer-causing substances and then to mango extract. The lab tests showed the mango’s ability to stop normal cells from turning into cancer cells.
Mango lowers cholesterol – The high levels of fiber, pectin and vitamin C help to lower serum cholesterol levels, specifically low density lipoprotein and the bad stuff.
Good for skin – Mango is good for skin; it can be used both internally and externally for the skin.
Mango is good for eyes – one cup of sliced mangoes supplies twenty-five percent of the needed daily value of Vitamin A, which promotes good eye sight and prevents night blindness and dry eyes.
Good for digestion – Mangoes contain number of enzymes, including one similar to the papain in papayas that improve digestion.
Blood purifiers – because of their high iron content, mangoes are used as blood purifiers and are suggested for the treatment of anemia and as a beneficial food for women, especially during pregnancy and menstruation.
Those who suffer from cramps, stress and heart problems can benefit from mango’s high potassium and magnesium content.