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MANGO

Mango Trees
Mangifera indica
The mango tree originated in South Asia. It is the national fruit of India, Pakistan and the Philippines. Averaging around one hundred feet tall, the mango tree has a long lifespan. In fact, some specimens continue to bear fruit well after three hundred years!!
 An evergreen tree, the leaves are broad pinkish-orange in young trees, yet they mature to a glossy dark green color. Mango trees produce small, white flowers as well as a fruit that ranges from yellowish orange to green or even red when ripe. Mango trees are harvested for their fruits, which typically take between three and six months to reach full maturation in the summertime.
Mangos are one of the most popular fruits worldwide. The mango fruit has a sweet, tropical-like taste that particularly compliments hot peppers and other spicy elements. Mangos are very low calorie very high in nutrients.  The fruit is a good source of vitamin C, vitamin A and fiber.
 Mango fruit is a powerful anti-oxidant, helping to prevent against colon, breast and prostate cancer as well as leukemia. Mango juice is remarkable at relieving coughs and sore throat. The fruit and juice are also an effective laxative, and can assist with mild stomach upset as well. Both the leaves and fruit are effective at clearing up skin disorders, such as mild to moderate acne and clogged pores.
 Mangos are considered a sacred tree, as the fruit they bear is one of the favorite foods of the Gods. Some believe that the forbidden fruit that Eve plucked in the Garden of Eden was actually a mango. This would make sense, as apples do not grow within the Middle East, where the Garden of Eden was said to be located.
 in In India, giving a basket of mangos serves as a sign of friendship. It is a tree that is connected with relationships and love, as well as granting wishes. Mango leaves are often incorporated into wedding décor, as they are believed to assist in ensuring the couple quickly conceives children.  During the Hindu festival of Ponggol, fresh mango leaves are hung around the doors of the home to ensure blessings and good fortune.  
Warnings: The oil that is present within mango leaves and the skin’s fruit can cause allergic reactions in some individuals, which can range from mild dermatitis to full on anaphylaxis. Some studies show that individuals who have had previous skin irritation from poison ivy, oak or sumac are more likely to experience an adverse reaction. Mango leaves are toxic when ingested, and should be kept out of the reach of animals and small children.
Additionally, take care not to burn the wood or leaves of a mango tree. Serious respiratory and ocular irritation can occur.