Mango is a fruit which is indigenous to the Indian subcontinent, belonging to the genus Mangifera, consisting of numerous species of tropical fruiting trees in the flowering plant family Anacardiaceae. While other Mangifera species (e.g.Horse Mango, M. foetida) are also grown on a more localized basis, Mangifera indica â€“ the Common Mango or Indian Mango â€“ is the only mango tree commonly cultivated in many tropical and subtropical regions, and its fruit is distributed essentially world-wide.
In several cultures, its fruit and leaves are ritually used as floral decorations at weddings, public celebrations and religious ceremonies.
â€¢When mangoes were first imported to the American colonies in the 17th century, they had to be pickled due to lack of refrigeration. Other fruits were also pickled and came to be called ''mangoes'' (especially bell peppers), and by the 18th century, the word ''mango'' became a verb meaning to pickle''
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