Fun Facts

  • Mangos are one of the most popular fruit in the World
  • Mangos were first grown in India over 5,000 years ago
  • Mango seeds traveled with humans from Asia to the Middle East, East Africa and South America beginning around 300 or 400 A.D.
  • The paisley pattern, developed in India, is based on the shape of a mango
  • A basket of mangos is considered a gesture of friendship in India
  • Legend says that Buddha meditated under the cool shade of a mango tree
  • Mangos are related to cashews and pistachios
  • A mango tree can grow as tall as 100 feet
  • The bark, leaves, skin and pit of the mango have been used in folk remedies for centuries


  • A one-cup serving of mangos is 100 calories
  • Mangos provide 100% of your daily vitamin C, 35% of your daily vitamin A and 12% of your daily fiber

Selection and Ripening

  • Don’t judge a mango by its color – red does not mean ripe
  • Squeeze gently to judge ripeness
  • A ripe mango will “give” slightly and a firm mango will ripen at room temperature over a few days
  • To speed up ripening, place mangos in a paper bag at room temperature
  • Once ripe, mangos can be moved to the refrigerator to slow down ripening for several days

Eating Mangos

  • In many Latin American countries, mango on a stick with the skin peeled back is sold by street vendors
  • Mangos can be enjoyed with salt, lime juice or chili powder for a unique flavor experience
  • Mangos have natural tenderizing properties, making them a perfect ingredient for marinades
  • Try the versatile mango in smoothies, salads, salsas, chutneys, on fish, chicken or pork, as a dessert or just plain as a delicious snack

Varieties, Seasons and Sources

  • Most of the mangos sold in the U.S. come from Mexico, Peru, Ecuador, Brazil, Guatemala and Haiti
  • Mangos are available all year long
  • Most of the mangos sold in the U.S. are one of six varieties: Tommy Atkins, Haden, Kent, Keitt, Honey and Francis