This tropical fruit of Asian origin, is cultivated in many parts of the world, with plantations in Central America, South America, Asia, Australia, Europe and South Africa. Almost 75% of the production takes place in Asia, followed by Africa and Latin America. The main producing country is India, with 2.6% of the world production. In Europe, they are only grown in the south of Spain thanks to the subtropical climate of the Costa del Sol, which allows mangos of an excellent quality to be cultivated.
Mangos are one of the eight most eaten fruit in the world. Dozens of different varieties exist, of which the most cultivated and marketed are Plamer, Keitt, Kent, Tommy, Aktins and Osteen.
Each one of these has different characteristics and their flavour may vary slightly.
Due to being cultivated in many parts of the world and the numerous varieties available, mangos can be eaten all year round.
Properties and Benefits
The mango exerts a diuretic effect thanks to its potassium content. As well as that, it has a high carbohydrate content which contributes to its important calorific value. Containing more than 20 vitamins and minerals benefit overall health and help prevent certain illnesses as well as sustaining a balanced diet.