The mango has a very long history stretching back as far as 4000BCE and probably further where mangoes are mentioned in relation to the Buddha as he meditated and taught his disciples under a mango tree. Originating in Southeast Asia and India it was considered sacred and is today the national fruit of India and Pakistan and the Philippines and the national tree of Bangladesh.
There are about 500 known varieties of mango although the list of the more popular and available varieties is somewhat shorter. The ones I usually find at the grocery store here in North America are the Ataulfo and the Haden, both sweet and delicious.
The health benefits of eating mangoes are many. The antioxidant properties and compounds they contain have been shown to protect against certain cancers, breast, colon, prostate, leukemia, their high Vitamin A and high Vitamin C content makes them good for boosting immunity all round, they also help to alkalize the body, as well as many other benefits.
Mangoes are one of those fruits you can eat a lot of following 80/10/10, as many as you want really. They do contain some protein, about 1 g in a large mango, as well as some iron.
Mangos are great for smoothies. Just toss one or two (peeled and pitted) into the blender with some bananas and you have an amazing smoothie.
This mango salad is one of my favourites with mango, red pepper, peach, red onion and scotch bonnet.
As intense in flavor and sweetness as mango is, so is the hue called mango.