The major and most delicious component in our recipes, everyone’s first pick of fruit in the summer, is mango. It is unofficially the best thing about summers, and we even have a special day devoted to this wonderfully juicy fruit. Mango tops the list of our favourite fruits in the summer season. Most importantly, it can be savoured in various forms, be it mango smoothie, mango mousse, mango ice cream or mango pie. Hence, National Mango Day is observed on July 22 to honour this exquisite fruit and keep mangoes as the focus of the day.
The origins and history of the day are unknown, although as previously said, mangoes have a long history. Mangoes were first grown in India around 5000 years ago. It is closely linked to Indian folklore and religious rites. A mango orchard was gifted to Buddha himself.
The word mango, as it is known in English and Spanish-speaking nations, is taken mostly from Malayam word ‘manna’, which the Portuguese accepted as manga when they arrived in Kerala in 1498 for the spice trade.
Due to the difficulties of transferring seeds, which only remain viable for a limited period, the tree was not introduced into the Western Hemisphere until around 1700, when it was planted in Brazil. It later entered the West Indies in around 1740.