Man, grab that mango!

Rajan Raj Acharya


Since my childhood I have been fond of eating mangoes. You may not believe it but once I nearly killed myself trying to get the mangoes I intended to eat from a high mango tree in my yard. I love mangoes as much as I love myself.

The season of the sun brings with it the delights of mango, a fruit relished by the Nepali subcontinent in its countless varieties. While the flavours of aamras have flattered many a beggar and king, little does one know the secrets behind mango and its indulgences. More mangoes are eaten fresh all over the world than any other fruit!

Mangifera indica, or the more popularly and commonly known mango, derives its name from the Tamil word man-kay. While the commonly relished assortments include Dashari, Malbhog, Krishabhog, Malda, the more exotic selections are not only unique in taste and colour but steeped in history. The westernised varieties of parri and alphonso derive their names from two Portuguese gentlemen Affonso and Peres. Today there are over 1,000 different varieties of mangoes grown throughout the world. The reason why I like this fruit best is, it contains both the qualities of fruity fulfillment and curing properties. Mangoes really can make me feel better! Beyond being delicious and rich in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, mangoes contain an enzyme with stomach-soothing properties similar to papain find in papayas. These comforting enzymes act as a digestive and can be held partially

responsible for that feeling of contentment I experience during and after my daily mango ritual. Yes, it is quite natural to crave for those mangoes!

An average mango can contain up to 40 per cent of our daily fibre requirement. The daily routine of a mango a day keeps constipation, piles and spastic colon away. Research has shown that dietary fibre has protective effects against degenerative diseases, especially with regard to the heart. It may help prevent certain types of cancer, as well as lower blood cholesterol levels. For those for us who are physically active, whether working out or constantly on the go, mangoes are also a great way to replenish that lost potassium. Deliciously rich in anti-oxidants, potassium and fibre, the mango is the king of fruit!