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Mango Days!!

"Place (slender) mango slice exposing ends,
Pare away (exquisite) remaining bits of skin,
Slice (perfumed) flesh makes two rounded shapes,
Without peeling slice (precious) close to the pit,
On both sides cutting (abundance) cubes of mango serve (divine) mango."
- Oratory Poems.

The mango is a kind of about 35 species of tropical fruiting trees in the flowering plant family Anacardiaceae, native to India and Indo-China, of which the Indian Mango is by far the most important commercially.

The history of mango - "food of the gods" can be found in the Hindu Vedas, written in about 4000 B.C. The name of the fruit comes from the Tamil word man-Kay, which was corrupted to manga by the Portuguese when they explored west.

Health & Mango

With its delicious taste, mango is healthy too. Mango possesses the phenols quercetin, isoquercitfin, astragalin, fisetin, gallic acid, and methylgallat.

Mango is used as blood builders. People who suffer from muscle cramps, stress, and heart problems can benefit from the high potassium and magnesium content that also helps those with acidosis. Mangoes not only as a fruit but its trunk, leaf and it flower are also useful.

Green Mango

Green or unripe mango contains a large portion of starch, which gradually changes into glucose, sucrose and maltose as the fruit begins to ripe. Green mangoes have a cooling effect from the ayurvedic point of view. Take it with water and sugar is a remedy against sunstroke. Unripe mangoes also have vitamin-C, oxalic, citric, malic and succinic acids that gives it the sour taste. It is also a good source of vitamin Bi and B2 and contains sufficient quantity of niacin.

Ripe Mango

It tones up the heart muscle, improves complexion and stimulates appetite. It increases the seven body nutrients, called 'dhatus' in Ayurveda. It gives beta-carotene, which is a form of Vitamin A and it is also responsible for the bright orange color of mangoes. Ripe mangoes are good for eyes and skin too. Future4u1. It prevents many other eye diseases that may ultimately cause total blindness.

Leaves of the mango

Half a teaspoonful of dry leaves powder should be taken twice a day, in the morning and evening. Soak fresh leaves overnight in water and squeezing them well in water before filtering it in the morning. This infused water should be taken every morning to control early diabetes.

Mango Dishes

Mango can be eaten in number of ways. It depends how do you cook it or how do you mix it. Mango is most invited in form of pickle, sorbet, juice and ice cream.

Pickle of Mango

What do you need to make Mango pickle?
Raw mango, lime/lemon, dry salt, spice mix and packaging material.

Process
1. Selection of fully matured commodities for pickling, washing and cutting into suitable sizes, brine curing at optimal conditions, drying suitably in sun or mechanical drier, addition of dry spice mixes and packing in unit packages.
2. The product after mixing water and oil and kept overnight can be used readily.
3. The equipment needed for processing include drier, S.S. vessels, roasting pan, spice grinder, and heat-sealing machine and other handling gadgets.

Mango Sorbet

What do you need to make Mango Sorbet?
Take 3 firm and ripe mangoes, ½ cup sugar, 1-cup water and 2 tsp lemon juice.

Process

1. First boil sugar and water, without stirring, till it starts boiling then reduce heat, simmer for 5 minutes.
2. Remove from fire; allow cooling to room temperature.
3. Strip and cut mangoes into chunks.
4. Save the inner juice in hollow if possible, adding to chunks.
5. Run in blender with lemon juice to form a smooth pulp.
6. Add cooled sugar syrup and mix it well with a spoon. Set mixture in lidded container in freezer, till softly set.
7. Remove from freezer, beat till smooth, but do not allow melting.
8. Return to container and refreeze. Beat again, and return to freezer, till well set.
9. Serve scoops garnished with canned cherries or small mango pieces or fruit cocktail.

Mango To Beat Heat

Mango pudding, milkshake, cocktail and ice cream are the best choices to beat the heat in mango.

Words From Last Para

"It doesn't matter how high up the mango tree you climb, you could get hit by a falling mango and get killed half way up!" - Simon

Sources & Further Readings

1. Raw mangoes can prevent sun-stroke - Shubhada Kanani
2. www.indiangyan.com
3. www.bawarchi.com
4. www.garysmarketplace.com
5. www.mofpi.nic.in
By Jay C
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