The mango enjoys a unique status among the fruits. It is the most popular fruit of the tropics and is called 'The King of Asiatic fruits'. It is regarded as a valuable item of diet and a household remedy. The mango is fleshy drupe, variable in size and shape. with varying mixtures of green, yellow and red color. Inside the fruit is stony endocarp, variable in size. Mango grows on a large, erect, branched, evergreen tree. The leaves, when fully grown, are stiff, pointed and deep glossy green. These are used in ceremonial decorations. The dry twigs are used to light sacred fires. The worst type of mangoes are very fibrous with turpentine flavor, but the best are juicy, sweet, with very little fibre and a deliciously piquant flavor
Mango is a rich source of vitamin A (beta-carotene), E and Selenium which help to protect against heart disease and other ailments. Mangoes contain phenols, phenolic compound have powerful antioxidant and anticancer abilities. Mango is high in iron, and people with anemia are advised to take mango in form of powder or fruit regularly. Mango is high in antioxidant and low in carbohydrates. Mango is effective in relieving clogged pores of the skin. It is also valuable to combat acidity and poor digestion.
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