The mango is rich in Vitamin A, C, fibre and other healthy components! Did you know that the mango tree is the state tree of Maharashtra where it is called aam or Aamba? It is also the national tree of Bangladesh.

Around India, the mango tree is of great cultural, historical, medicinal, economic and ecological value. In Maharashtra, the Kesar, Payari, Vanraj, Rajapuri, Gulabi and Alphonso varieties are famous and grown mainly in Devgad, Sindhudurg and Ratnagiri districts.

It can grow up to 40 m., with a crown radius of 10 m. This evergreen tree has an immense life span, with some known to be over 300 years old and still fruit-bearing. Although the tree is adaptable to most frost-free, tropical climates and well-drained soil types, warm, dry weather is necessary for it to fruit. Its flowers are small, yellowish, and reddish in colour and bloom between January and March. The flowers are often visited by bees but mainly pollinated by flies. The leaves of the mango are long, leathery and green in colour, tinged with red. The mango is eaten raw, used in pickles, jams, pulps and chutneys, its flavours added to juices, ice creams, curries, biscuits, and teas. The mango tree bark is often covered in grass, fern, orchid, insect and birdlife during the monsoons because of its ability to retain moisture. Play best friv online games.

Author: Sanctuary Asia, First appeared in: Sanctuary Cub March, 2014


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