The Prince of Fruits
The mango is the prince of fruits and the most popular fruit around the world. It has vital nutrition among other fruits, and is abundant in antioxidants and contains vitamin C & E.
Mangoes are a very popular fruit and is grown in the tropical regions of the Earth. It is many peoples favourite fruit because of its exotic taste and sweetness.
The fleshy and edible part of the mango is orange in colour, and this part contains beta-carotene which is an antioxidant and can protect against certain illnesses and diseases like many other particular fruits. Mangoes are plentiful in vitamin C and fiber and one mango is sufficient for the recommended daily allowance. Compared to other fruits, mangoes also contain great amount of Vitamin E. This vitamin is beneficial for the maintenance of healthy skin and can boost the immune system in the body. Mangoes can help digest meat by softening it in the digestive process and it also contains an enzyme to aid digestion.
The fiber contained in mangoes is called pectin, a complex sort of carbohydrate, which is beneficial to reduce cholesterol. Mangoes can also maintain and regulate blood pressure because is has potassium in it also.
If you love mangoes and thinking of buying them, here are some tips to help you get the most out of mangoes. First of all, if the mangoes are unripe, placed them inside a paper bag and store it in a dark, dry place. After a couple of days, they will gradually ripen. If you want to eat mangoes to obtain the vitamin C to the full, eat them raw and make sure it's ripe. You can even add a little fat like yoghurt or where there is olive oil such as in a salad dressing for instance. Adding fat will help to absorb the antioxidants.
Other facts on mangoes -
- In some countries, mangoes are also referred to as the 'King of Fruits'.
- Mangoes are native to southern Asia, mainly in Burma , Indian and Bangladesh.
- Mango has other names which are Manga, Mangot and Mangou.
- Mango belongs to the Cashew family.
- The word 'Mango' was derived from the Tamil word 'Mangkay'.
- Mango comes in different colours including yellow, orange, red and green.
Here's a nice little serving you can prepare and will serve at least 6 people. You will need:
- 1 finely chopped red onion
- 1 tablespoon of olive oil
- 6 ripe tomatoes
- 2 tablespoon of chopped coriander
- Salt & Pepper
- Tortilla chips
- 1 large peeled mango, sliced in half and diced
- Put the ripe tomatoes in a bowl covered with boiling water. Leave it for a minute and a half.
- Peel off the skin of the tomatoes using a knife.
- Cut each tomato into 4 pieces. Then cut out and remove the seeds and central core. Chop the remaing flesh and put them in a bowl.
- Heat the olive oil in a frying pan.
- Add the finely chopped red onion and fry slowly to soften.
- Add the softened red onions to the bowl of tomatoes with the mango and coriander.
- Add salt and pepper and serve it cold with tortilla chips.
Jackfruit is another fruit in the same class as the mangoes, and can also be regarded as the king of fruits. It is a tropical fruit that grows in South Asia in countries like India, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Bangladesh and is very sweet indeed and tastes almost like mangoes, bananas, pineapple, apple and melons combined. This fruit is somewhat related to figs and mulberries and is one of the largest fruit tree ever to grow in the world.
There are a lot of health benefits in Jackfruit, just like mangoes, it can also strengthen the immune system. It is enriched in Vitamin C which aids in the protection against viruses and bacterial infections in the body. Vitamin C in Jackfruit will also help with the functioning of the white blood cells. Jackfruit can help with healthy digestion because it is known to have anti-ulcer properties. This is good to treat ulcers and digestive issues. Not only that, the fruit is high in fiber and helps reduce constipation and improves bowel movements.
The maintenance of healthy eye and skin is also another benefit if eating Jackfruit. That's because it contains vitamin A, just like carrots, it prevents problems such as night-blindness. Jackfruit is rich in energy and contains fructose and sucrose which gives an energy boost if you're going about your daily activities. The fruit is free from any cholesterol or saturated fats.
Other facts on Jackfruits -
- Artocarpus Heterophyllus is the Jackfuit's scientific name.
- The Jackfruit tree can grow up to 30 meters.
- Jackfruit contains calcium that promotes healthier teeth and bones.
- The best jackfruit in the world is the peniwaraka (or honey jak) that grows in Sri Lanka.
- Like melons, Jackfruit is made up 80 percent of water.
- Jackfruit is known as one of the largest tree fruit which can grow as long as over 3 feet.
- Jackfruit can also be called Jack tree, fenne or Jack.
- Jackfruit is the national fruit of Bangladesh and they call it 'kathal'.
- There's around 100 to 500 seeds contained in one large jackfruit.
- Jackfruit poppadoms are served or consumed in certain parts of India, they kind of look like tortilla chips.
- The seeds of a jackfruit can be used and cooked with Asian curries.
Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on December 08, 2018:
I am very familiar with mangos and purchase them quite often. They are delicious when ripe. Although I have seen jackfruit in some Asian markets, I have yet to purchase one. After reading your description of what it tastes like, I will have to purchase one. Thanks for the education about this fruit.
Kenna McHugh from Northern California on November 26, 2018:
In the States, Costco carries mangos when they are in season. I buy six at a time. Yummy! I use them for smoothies and sauces or eat them whole. They taste like candy.
Dianna Mendez on October 27, 2018:
I have seen jackfruit in the farmer's market and wondered what it was. Interesting, would never have associated it with mangoes.
Liz Westwood from UK on October 18, 2018:
Years ago it was not possible to buy mangoes in the UK. But now they are available, although they don't come cheap. The trick is to find one that is just ripe enough, but not over ripe.