Mangos (Mangifera indica, of the family Anacardiaceae) are native to southern and Southeast Asia. It is one of the most important tropical and subtropical crops in terms of production and popularity. The country with the largest production is India, where it has been cultivated for over 4000 years, but it is now grown in almost all tropical areas. India produces 60% of the worldwide crop of about 17 million tons (4).

Mangos grow very large, handsome trees up to 90 ft tall with a spread of 125 ft. The fruit is ovoid or heart shaped, about 3 to 5 in. long, with a skin color varying from green to yellow to red. When ripe, the flesh is yellow-orange and fibrous, with a large central seed. The flavor is fruity with a terpene flavor. One irreverent British visitor described the wild mango as having a flavor resembling that of a piece of cotton batting dipped in turpentine. But centuries of breeding have resulted in hundreds of commercial cultivars with truly delicious flavors. The major processed product is mango puree, which is used as an ingredient for many other products such as juices, nectars, jams, preserves, confections, and baked goods. Mango slices, canned or frozen, are available. Immature, green frozen slices are also popular. Mango leather is an ethnic food in India. It is prepared from mango puree by removing some of the fiber and drying in the sun. The unripe fruit is used in chutneys and pickles.

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