Friday, 4 April 2014

History, Varieties & Health Benefits of the Summer Fruit - MANGO

Mango is rightly termed as “KING OF FRUITS”.

We desperately wait for 8 months to enjoy this fruit. The pleasure what mangoes gives cannot be achieved from Frooti or Maaza. Mangoes are not only famous because of the sweet flavor but also because of the health and beauty benefits that are attached with it.
History of Mango
In ancient time mango was known as man-kay or man-gay. This fruit got the name MANGO by the Portuguese when they ventured to India. Mango is from the Anacardeacea family. Lord Buddha also used to sit under the Mango tree and meditate. Mango is specially found in tropical and subtropical regions of Asian countries more of in India and Pakistan. This rich nutrient fruit measures 5-15 cms in length and 4-10 cms in width. A mango fruit is oval in shape with soft and smooth outer covering. The internal flesh is orange in color and smooth too thus so tempting to eat that no one can resist. Mango is green in color when unripe than turns to golden yellow or orange red when ripe. It has a unique taste and flavor.

Varieties of MANGO:
Do you know there are more than 100 different varieties of mangoes and each one is unique and rich in nutrients? Alphonso, Amrapali, Neelum, Totapuri, Raspuri, Dashehari, Zardalu, Banganapalli, Bangalora, Chausa, Fernandian, Fazli, Gulabkhas, Himsagar, Kishen Bhog, Kesar, Langra, Mankurad ,Mallika ,Mohan, Rajapuri, Imam Pasand, Mulgoa, Pairi, Suvarnarekha ,Samar Behisht Chausa, Vanraj are few of them.

Here I am listing the health benefit of few mango varieties:
Alphonso is high in beta-carotene, vitamin A, and vitamin B complex.
Amrapali is also high in beta carotene.
Neelum is full of protein, carbohydrate, fiber, vitamin A, Vitamin C, Magnesium, Potassium and Calcium.
Totapuri is rich in vitamins A, E, C & B5 and antioxidant enzymes.
Raspuri are good for eyes as they are rich source of vitamin A.
Dashehari is rich source of Vitamin C.


In general terms, mangoes are good for following reasons.
Regulate Blood Pressure: Mango is high in potassium and thus helps in regulating blood pressure levels.
Viral Infection: Eating mangoes helps in preventing from viral infections
Tumor Development: Mangoes are rich in lycopene, an antioxidant, which helps to protect cells and suppress tumor growth.
No Cholesterol: Fruits are low in cholesterol and mango is not the exception.
Good for eyes: Intake of one cup of mango helps in maintaining and developing good eyesight. It also helps in fighting with problems of night blindness and dry eyes.
Good for digestion: Mangoes contain good amount of dietary fiber that helps to digest food easily.

Constipation: Do you face constipation problem. Mangoes work wonders in curing this problem.
Anemia: People suffering from anemia should not hesitate to indulge in mangoes. It is helpful for them because of its richness in iron content.
Fight cancer: Due to high in antioxidants it helps to fight cancer cells.
Promotes Concentration: It also helps in memory sharpness and promotes overall brain health.
Immunity Booster: It is great for boosting immunity.
How to select Mango:
Smell it: Go for the one which has sweet smell. Avoid the ones with fermented aromas.
Firmness: Choose the one that are without cuts and are firm. Good mango gives you the supple feeling when you slightly press it.
Look: Avoid the one that has too many black spots.
Store the unripe mangoes in the paper bag or grass. Storing it in between the raw rice also helps in ripening of mango. Check it on daily basis in order to avoid over repining of mango.

So what are you waiting for? Eat, sing and dance. Are you thinking which song to sing? Try this one BARSO RE MANGO MANGO BARSO RE MANGO MANGO BARSO RE MANGO BARSO.
Image Source: Mango pieces in white plate | Types of Mangoes |


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