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Anacardiaceae Mangifera indica L.

Source: Magness et al. 1971

Mangos are produced on evergreen trees that may attain great size unless restricted by pruning. Trees are tender to frost, so production is limited to tropical and near tropical areas--in the U.S.--to S. Florida and Hawaii. The fruit is flattened and generally kidney shaped and may reach 7 to 8 inches in length. Each fruit contains one large flattened seed. The edible pulp surrounding the seed is fibrous and varies greatly in flavor. The best varieties are low in fiber and rich in flavor, somewhat resembling peach. Fruits hang on long stems. The skin is smooth. This is a major fruit in all tropical countries.

Season, bloom to maturity: 4 to 5 months.

Production in U.S.: About 2,000 tons commercially.

Use: Mainly fresh eating.

Part of fruit consumed: Inner pulp.

Last update February 18, 1999 by ch