Summer is the season for outside activities and merry making. It is the season of colorful and delicious fruits. It is the season of mango, hailed as the king of fruits.
No doubt, mango is a favorite fruit of people all over the world. Mango has such a mesmerizing taste that a person who eats a fully ripe, sweet juicy mango, would want to eat it again and again. This orgasmic reaction producing fruit entices everyone in any stage from toddler to tottering old.
This relishing fruit can be used in so many ways as a raw vegetable or fruit. As a fruit, it can be a refreshing slice or sometimes as part of a dish, sometimes as a fruit drink and sometimes as a mouthwatering dessert.
Mango the vegetarian wealth of India
Mango is the most favorite fruit of Indian people living all over the world. This yummy orange-yellow fruit has a fan base throughout India and all over the world over for its unique flavor and smell. Raw mangoes ripe or unripe are abundantly used in making pickles, chutneys and other dishes. Raw mango slices are dried in the sun and used in Indian cuisine. In South India, there is a saying which means that mango can feed anyone whom even the mother cannot feed. Mango pickle is a celestial dish at vegetarian dinners.
Mango has an ancient heritage
Mango has a rich heritage of more than 6,000 years. It is described in the ancient Vedic literatures. There are references about mango in Valmiki’s Ramayana and Vyasa’s Mahabharata. Mango was a favorite of kings and emperors of ancient India, where it had been a royal pride. Persians carried it to the Middle East while the Portuguese travellers brought it to Europe. The Moghul emperors had great devotion to this fruit and they cultivated it in large gardens.
High nutritious values of mango
1) Mango has an important role in Ayurvedic medicines. Every part of mango tree– the bark, leaves, flowers, mango as fruit and unripe vegetable and even the kernel of the nut– is used in a variety of medicinal potions and powders.
2) Mango fruit is a rich source of vitamins, particularly vitamin C and vitamin B6. Besides being delicious, this fruit adds fiber to your diet and is also loaded with vitamins, minerals and anti-oxidants. Skin specialists declare that mango fruit loaded with all kinds of nourishment necessary for skin care.
3) It is an excellent tonic for skin care and rejuvenation. According to Dr. Apratim Goel, a famous Indian dermatologist, “Mangoes are a rich source of beta carotene (vitamin A), which is a strong anti-oxidant. Apart from the rejuvenation effect, vitamin A also has dramatic effects on acne or pimples. Beta-carotene is the nutrient which is supposed to help you see in the dark, and it is crucial for your skin. It is converted by your body into vitamin A and is so important that it is often prescribed as a topical treatment that can be applied directly on to the skin for acne or pimple.”
4) Dr. Hakeen Hashmi, one of the noted Unani physicians of India, says that mango strengthens and invigorates the nerve tissues in muscles, heart and brain and other parts of the body. It enhances the urinary and reproductive functions.
5) Several enzymes such as phenols found in mangoes have healing as well as anti-cancer properties. Hartwell states in his book titled, “Plants against Cancer,” that the phenols in mangoes, such as quercetin, isoquercitrin, astragalin, fisetin, gallic acid and methylgallat, as well as the abundant enzymes, have healing and cancer-preventing properties.