As per the Hindu Vedas, Mangoes are considered as the food of gods. Kalidasa, the classical Sanskrit writer, described the arrows of Karna, like Mango flowers. This fruit has found mentions in a number of books such as Kama Sutra, Mango Kisses, House on Mango Street, The Mango Season, and the very fascinating “A Case of Exploding Mangoes”. Mangoes are native to Indian Subcontinent and yes, India is the world’s largest producer of Mangoes. This is the favorite summer fruit and we all love it. In India a number of varieties are grown and several states express loyalty to the particular cultivar grown. Such as Valsad variety is grown in Gujarat, Malda and Kishenbhog to Bengal, gulabkhas to Bihar and so on. As a matter of fact there are more than 20 varieties of mangoes grown in India. The Indian state – Andhra Pradesh is the largest producer of Mangoes in India followed by Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Karnataka.
Apart from the yummy taste, mangoes are full of nutrients such as carbs, fat, proteins, Vitamin A, C, E, and K in good quantities along with other vitamins such as thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, magnesium, potassium, phosphorus, manganese and copper. It is also full of minerals such as calcium, iron, manganese, magnesium, phosphorus, sodium and zinc.
Usage in Indian Kitchen
In India, mangoes are widely used in the kitchen. Keri ki chutney or the mango chutney is the hot favorite. Chutneys and pickles are made using mangoes. Besides, mango jam is another kid’s favorite and we all love to binge on chilled mangoes and mango shakes. Other dishes include, chilled mango cheesecake, mango soufflé and mango mousse. Who doesn’t love the summer’s most refreshing drink Aam Panna….! Mango shrikhand is another delicacy people admire.
Health Benefits of Aam, Keri / Kaccha Aam
- Mangoes are known for making the skin clean and clear.
- Improves the eye sight.
- Promotes sex life.
- Lowers down the cholesterol.
- Helps fight heat stroke.