Mango (Mangifera indica), is a fruit usually found in the South and Southeast of Asia, Australia, Madagascar, East of Africa, Brazil, and Central America. It is also a member of the cashew group, Anacardiaceae. But where is the origin of Mangoes?
India, also known as the cradle of human speech, is the homeland of Mangoes. It was baptized as Amra-Phal as its earliest name, then became Aam-Kaay, but due to pronunciation difficulties, it was called Maamkaay. Mango was derived from the Malayam word Manna, which when the Spaniards knew this fascinating fruit, they began referring to Mango.
For over four thousand (4,000) years ago, Indians deemed it as their sacred fruit and was used in their traditional ceremonies in India. During that time, they also use mango varieties’ names in granting titles to some prominent people. That is how Mangoes were respectfully used during ancient Indian times.
As when Buddhism rose in the country, believe that mango trees had a link between their goddess of love, Manmatha. They also believed that these trees could grant them their wishes. As for their customs and beliefs, the Indians hang fresh mango leaves outside their front door during the new year for them to have a prosperous new year.
Even at weddings, they believe that if they hang mango leaves on the couple’s door, they will have a bunch of children. Indians also used Mango in their art and fabrics. Mango orchards during that time are being dominantly owned by their kings and nobles, giving them an image of great pride, and good social standing. Mangoes were given as custom presents by nobles, choosing their best-cultivated ones.
Today, mangoes are known to be the most eaten fruit around the world and are called the “king of the fruit” because they combined the taste of oranges, peaches, and pineapples in one.