The Fruitful Mango!

Mango is the most commonly eaten fresh fruit worldwide. It has 15% sugar, up to 1% protein, and significant amounts of vitamins A, B and C.

It is the Pakistani trend to make pickles and chutnies of mango. Mangoes are traditionally used in making milk shaked.It is also used in icecreams and many other deserts. In Pakistan the the famous types of mangoes used are Langra, anwar ratol, sindhri, and chonsa. Dried strips of sweet, ripe mangoes and unripe mango is eaten with bagoong in Phillipines.

The South Asians use mangoes pickled with rice vinegar and fish sauce. Dried unripe mango used as a spice and is known as amchur in India. Hindus use mango leaves to decorate the entrance of a household and in Indian prayers to propitiate the gods. It is a common motif in Indian textiles, the paisley design.

While watching a program “gulls and guys” on PTV that used to be on air a few years back, I came to know that it is very rare in Europe. The program was being hosted in France and the host said that if you are in France and going somewhere, you have a mango in one pocket and a vallet in the other, then any pickpocket or theif will take your mango away. Manngo is really an expensive fruit in European countries.

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