A MYSTICAL AND FASCINATING HISTORY
Mangoes have made their mark throughout history. Since Buddha first meditated underneath a mango tree to the spread of this fruit from India to Southeast Asia and modern day Cambodia, religions, civilizations, and scientists have had an 4,000-year relationship with this amazing fruit.
The mango tree, Mangifera Indica, is native to India. This tree is intimately linked to Buddhism, since according to legend Buddha liked to meditate under a mango tree. Like this religion, the mango tree and its fruit spread to Southeast Asia and Cambodia.
The plant has been highly honored and in its native land and today is considered one of the most popular fruits in the world. Since the mango seed is too big to be carried by water or wind, historians believe that Persian traders carried mango seeds with them to the Middle East.
During the 16th century, the sea-faring Portuguese introduced the mango to Africa, who then took their tasty cargo to Brazil in the 1700s.The popularity of the mango spread north in the Americas through the years. It reached Mexico in the early 19th century, and finally reached the United States in 1860.
Today, more and more consumers are discovering the unique, mouth-watering flavor of the nutritious mango, making it an essential part of their shopping lists.
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