It’s the time of mango season again. Right time to gift the king of fruits to family and friends, let fresh and sweet mangoes with an Irresistible tease your taste buds. Celebrate summer; refresh yourself with thirst quenchers like the traditional mango panna, the innovative mango lassi, and mango milkshake made with farm fresh and organic mangoes.
Mangoes are a sub-topical fruit, requiring a long hot period to properly set the fruit. More mangoes are eaten fresh than any other fruit in the world. Mango is the national fruit of India. Mango is one of the most widely grown fruits of the tropical countries. In India, mango is cultivated almost all parts, with the exceptional of hilly areas. Mango is a rich source of vitamin A, C and D. In India, we have hundreds of varieties of mangoes.
The “king of fruits” has been around for at least 6000 years. Native to India and Burma, this sweet fruit was described in the ancient Sanskrit literature; the mango was also the fruit of kings in ancient India, where princes used to pride themselves on the possession of large mango gardens. Mango culture arrived in Florida in 1830s and in California in 1880s and now it is also grown in Hawaii, Mexico and South America. Mango belongs to the genus of mangifera.
Mangoes have been cultivated in India since time immemorial. Even in our mythology and history are stories of mangoes-the famous poet kalidasa sang its praise. Alexander the great, along with hieun tsang savored the taste of mangoes. The great mughal king Akbar is said to have planted over 100,000 mango trees in darbhanga.
Mango trees belong to the same family as cashews and pistachios, and can grow to the height of 50 feet in India. All parts of the trees are used for different purposes. The bark, leaf, flowers, fruits and seed offer a variety of medicinal purposes.
India is one of the largest mango producing countries with a reported export of 79,061 metric tons of fresh mangoes according to last report. The domestic consumption supercedes these export figures manifold.
Mangoes basically require a frost-free climate. Flowers and small fruit can be killed if temperatures drop below 40 degree f, even for short period. Young trees may be seriously damaged if the temperature drops below 30 degree, but mature trees may withstand very short period of temperature as low as 25 degree. The mango must have warm, dry weather to set fruit. In southern California the best locations are in the foothills, away from immediate marine influence. Wet, humid weather favors anthracnose and poor fruit set.
The flesh of mango is peach like and juicy, with more or less fibers radiating from the husk of single large kidney-shaped seed. Fibers are more pronounced in fruits grown with hard water and chemical fertilizers. The flavor is pleasant and rich in sugars and acid. The seed may either have it a single embryo, producing one seedling, or poyembryonic, producing several seedlings that are identical but not always true to parent type. It is impossible to distinguish true type from zygotic seedlings from the same fruit. Some seedlings are numerous tiny. Mango trees tend to be alternate bearing.
Mangoes grow to good size and casts dense shade, but the roots are not destructive. It requires full sun and perfect air drainage in winter. It does best at the top or middle level of a slope. Mangoes will grow in almost any well drained soil whether sandy, loam, clay, but avoid heavy, wet soils. For good growth mangoes need a deep soil to accommodate their extensive root systems.
The importance of fiber in ones diet is well known. If one consumes mango a day, they will be spared the gruesome details associated with constipation, piles and spastic colon. Research has shown that the dietary fiber has a protective effect against degenerative diseases of the heart, may help prevent certain types of as well as lowering blood cholesterol levels. An average sized mango can contain up to 40% of ones daily fiber requirement. For people who are physically active, whether working out or constantly on the go, mangos are also a great way to replenish that lost potassium, vitamins or the minerals. Deliciously rich in anti-oxidants potassium and fiber- the mango is the perfect –the mango is the perfect fruit.
Mango shake one of the favorite fruit shakes, is a refreshing summer drink typically made from ripe mangoes or thick mango pulp, whole milk, sugar and crushed ice. Vanilla extract is sometimes added to give drink an enhanced flavor .when mixed with ice cream, mango shake is mostly served as a sweet desert drink.
Things you will need;
2cup whole milk
½ cup water
Add sugar according to taste.
Blend the mango pulp in the blender until it is soft.
Keep adding milk and water while blending the mango pulp so that the blender can run smoothly
Once the mango pulp is soft start adding sugar and blend all together.
Your mango milk shake is ready. Mmmmm mouth liking……!
– Pavana santhosh.