Mangos

General Information

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Mango is native to southern Asia, specifically Burma and eastern India. It is currently cultivated worldwide in subtropical and tropical regions.

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The fruits are 2 to 9 inches long. They are kidney, oval, or round in shape and weigh between 8 and 24 ounces. The skin is smooth yet leathery.

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Mango fruit matures 100 to 150 days after flowering. The flavor is best when the fruit is allowed to ripen on the tree.

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Upon ripening, the fruit varies in color according to species. It can appear pale green or yellow with marks of reddish coloring.

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Health Benefits

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Research has shown antioxidant compounds in mango fruit have been found to protect against colon, breast, leukemia and prostate cancers.

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One cup of sliced mangoes supplies 25 percent of the needed daily value of vitamin A, which promotes good eyesight and prevents night blindness and dry eyes.

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Mango leaves help normalize insulin levels in the blood. Mango fruit also have a relatively low glycemic index (41-60) so moderate quantities will not spike your sugar levels.

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The large amounts of vitamin C and vitamin A in mangos, plus 25 different kinds of carotenoids keep your immune system healthy and strong.

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