I know I could eat a bowl full of raw sugar when I get the urge to eat something sweet. But instead, I try to eat lots of seasonal fruits that are sweet and satisfying. If you are like me, a sweet eating monster that goes to any length to satisfy your sweet tooth, then your search is over for finding a perfect soul dessert. Mango! Mangoes are a fruit that are divine in taste with tons of nutrients and they come in many varieties to choose from. There hasn't been a person in my experience so far who did not crave a sweet, juicy mango.
Mangoes are eaten either in raw form when they are green or when they are ripe and golden in color. They are seasonal and tropical in nature and they come in different sizes. Most cultures use mangoes for food, or in different occasions for decorations and for prayers. Most of the world's mango supplies come from the Indian subcontinent. In India mango flowers and leaves are used for decorations at weddings and special events. Mangoes with different fragrances are used for desserts and special dishes such as rice, soups and pickles. The word mango comes from the Portuguese word "manga' which was than adapted as "marina" and the English named it as mango in the 1500's. History shows that mangoes have been grown in India for thousands of years. Each mango tree lasts and gives fruit for a minimum of 300 years.
Mango trees are long living and evergreen in nature. Mango leaves and branches are used for their medicinal value in alternative medicines like the homeopathic and ayurvedic medicines. Mango leaves come in different colors ranging from orange pink to dark red and green when in raw form. Mangoes generally can be eaten in any stage either ripe or raw. Green mangoes are cut and eaten with red chili and salt sprinkled on them. They can be used in place of lemon for soup, rice, and legumes. Juice can be extracted from broiled raw mangoes and saved to garnish different foods. Raw mangoes can also be used in place of salt for people who have hypertension in different dishes. Powder made from raw, sun dried mangoes can be stored and be used in place of salt or to garnish dishes.