More mangoes are eaten fresh than any other fruit in the world making it the most popular fruit on earth. The Himalayas are the origin of the mango trees, but because of the freezing temperature, their fruits are small, bitter and unsuitable to eat.
Because mangoes are a sub-tropical fruit, they need a long hot period to produce sweet and succulent fruits. Travelers who planted the seeds on lower grounds yielded succulent delicious fruits and since then, mango trees were propagated in East India, Burma and the Andaman Islands bordering the Bay of Bengal.
In India, the Mango tree plays a sacred role and is considered a symbol of love. Legend has it that Buddha found tranquility and repose in a mango grove.
Buddhist monks brought the mango to Malaysia and Eastern Asia in around the 5th century B.C.
Persian traders took the mango into the middle east and Africa, from there the Portuguese brought it to Brazil and the West Indies. Mango cultivars arrived in Florida in the 1830's and in California in the 1880's.
Aside from being the delicious, mangoes are also loaded with nutrients which help lower cholesterol. The fruits are also high in fiber making them a perfect aid to digestion regularity. They are also a rich source of vitamins A and C.