National Mango Day – 22 July

National Mango Day – 22 July

National Mango Day (राष्ट्रीय आम दिवस) is observed on 22nd July every year. This fruit is rightly known as the king of fruits. And what better way to celebrate it than eating mangoes, a lot of them.

Mangos were first cultivated in India 5000 years ago and traveled to Southeast Asia between the 5th and 4th centuries BC, they now find homes across many of the warmer regions of Earth. They are the national fruit of India, Pakistan, and the Philippines, while also being the national tree of Bangladesh.

More than 100 varieties of mangoes are found in India in different sizes and colors, Mango has been cultivated in India since time immemorial. Our famous poet Kalidas has sung its praises. Even Alexander had tasted it, and the Chinese pilgrim Hyun Tsang, who visited India, also praised it. Around 100,000 mango trees were planted by the Mughal emperor Akbar in Darbhanga, Bihar at a place called Lakhi Bagh.

Mango is not just a fruit, it is a part of culture and history in many countries. Especially it is inextricably connected with the folklore and religious ceremonies of India. Buddha himself was presented with a mango grove. The name mango which fruit is known in English and Spanish-speaking countries, is mostly derived its name from the Malayam manna, which is the Portuguese adopted as manga and when they came to Kerala in 1498 for the spice trade? Due to the difficulty in transporting seeds but they keep their viability for a short time only, the tree wasn’t introduced into the Western Hemisphere until about 1700 when it was planted in Brazil, and in about 1740 it reached the West Indies. The juicy fruit Mango is cultivated in most frost-free tropical climates.

Mango in India is grown in tropical regions, and now is the largest producer of fruit, followed by China and Thailand. Approximately 20 million tons of mangoes are grown annually in India. Mangoes boast many nutritional benefits, including providing 100% of your daily vitamin C, 35% of your daily vitamin A and 12% of your daily fiber.

How to celebrate National Mango Day?

Each year there is International Mango Festival celebrated in New Delhi. Where hundred of variety of mangoes are displayed in form of an exhibition. Here mango lovers can taste rare mango species and try new dishes made with mangoes, along with other fun-filled activities. The event is hosted by the Delhi tourism and transportation development Corporation. During this festival, there are competitions and quizzes on the many aspects of mangoes, including different uses in cuisine, as well as the many different varieties.

There are many recipes like Mango Shake, Smoothie, Mango Cake, Mango Ice Cream, which are loved by mango lovers and probably top the list of favorite fruits of mangoes. To celebrate today, go buy a bag of mangoes, and try out different recipes. If you are not sure when a mango is ripe, don’t judge it by its color, red does not necessarily mean it’s ripe. You need to squeeze gently to judge ripeness. A ripe mango will “give” slightly and a firm mango will ripen at room temperature over a few days. Mangoes are generally sweet and usually, it is just the inside meat of the fruit that is consumed.

Mango Facts

  • Mango is the most popular fruit in the world and is full of many useful and beneficial elements.

  • Mangoes have been grown in India since 5,000 years ago.

  • In India, a special paisley pattern was developed which is based on the shape of the mango.

  • Mango basket is considered a symbol of friendship in India.

  • Somewhere in the world rose is a symbol of love, somewhere in our India Mango is a symbol of love.

  • According to legends, Buddha meditated under the calm shade of a mango tree.

  • Mangoes come under the category related to cashew and pistachio.

  • Ripe mango contains 14% sugar by weight and 0.5% acid by weight.

  • Mangifera indica means “an Indian plant bearing mango”.

  • The leaves, skin, and pit bark of the mango tree have been used in our folk remedies for centuries.

  • Most of the mangoes sold in the US come from Mexico, Peru, Ecuador, Brazil, Guatemala, and Haiti.

  • There are mango festivals in places other than India, including Canada, Jamaica, the Philippines, and the USA.

  • 3/4 cup amaranth provides 50% of your daily vitamin C and 8% of your daily vitamin A.

Long live the Fruit King !!

Mango Quotes

mango day quote

  • “Sometimes, a Sunday afternoon needs a whole mango to be kept entirely for oneself, and eaten in one sitting.” – Alison Pill

  • Wishing you and your family for this national mango day. And go grab your type of mangoes and enjoy them with your family along with our quotes for Mango Day.

  • “Bright May afternoons—
    mango trees in the garden
    echoed with cuckoo calls.”
    ― Meeta Ahluwalia

  • “Meditation is not just blissing out under a mango tree. It completely changes your brain and therefore changes what you are.” ― Matthieu Ricard

  • “If you wait for the mango fruits to fall, you’d be wasting your time while others are learning how to climb the tree.”― Michael Bassey Johnson

  • Planning your diet in summer is not easy
    when you have mangoes on hand. – Zephyr Limns

  • “It all seems so upside down. Upside down cake. I once had a spectacular mango upside-down cake while on vacation in Jamaica. Drenched in caramelized mangos and saturated with Jamaican rum.” ― Jenny Gardiner

  • I first got into fruit when I was a teenager when my life was changing in every way. The first time I had a mango, at like 18, I was like, ‘Where has this been my whole life?’ – Scott Thompson

  • For the rest of the day, all I could think about was that precious fruit. The mango, that is. – Tiffanie DeBartolo

  • “What I remember the most really was just running wild there. Barefooted, swimming in dirty lakes, selling fruit, picking mango trees, hoping not to get caught because they don’t take kindly to thieves in Africa.” – Akon

  • “Yes, this is Mango himself. Listen I’m terribly busy and don’t have time for a phone interview right now.” – Chris Kattan

  • “If you write a lovely story about India, you’re criticized for selling an exotic version of India. And if you write critically about India, you’re seen as portraying it in a negative light – it also seems to be a popular way to present India, sort of mangoes and beggars.” – Kiran Desai

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