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The King of Fruits - Everything you need to know about Mangoes

June 21, 20225 mins read

Mangoes are undoubtedly one of the most delicious fruits out there. Popularly dubbed as the king of fruits, its juicy pulp is loved and devoured by people of various groups and ages all across the country. In fact, someone disliking mangoes may result in hearing a lot of gasps in shock from their friends and family!

The History of Mangoes

Mangoes were believed to have been discovered in India and East-Asia more than 5000 years ago. But it wasn’t till much later that mangoes migrated to other parts of the world. In fact, the king of fruits couldn’t migrate to other parts of the world on their own. Mango seeds travelled from Asia to the Middle East, East Africa and South America from around 300 or 400 AD. 

So why is a Mango called a Mango?

A mango wasn’t always called a mango. This sweet fleshy delight of a fruit is known to have derived its name from the Malayalam word Malayam Manna, which the Spanish and Portuguese adopted when they came to India back in 1498 for their spice trade.

Why is Mango called the King of Fruits?

There are a number of reasons for mango being known as the king of fruits. They are available in abundance when in season, easy to consume and delicious, among many other reasons. However, the main reason Mango is called the king of fruits is due to its nutritional value.

The nutritional value of mangoes

Since mango is known as the king of fruits due to its nutritional value, let’s find out more about how this delicious fruit is nutritional to us. Mangoes are fat-free, cholesterol-free and sodium-free. That’s right! This satisfyingly sweet treat of a fruit isn’t not just loaded with flavour and sweetness, but also with amazing nutritional value. A cup of mango serving adds to more than 50% of your daily vitamin needs as well. Additionally, Mangoes contain more than 20 different vitamins and minerals, thereby making it a superfood.

The composition of a Mango

According to Healthline, a serving of about 165 grams of mango contains:

  • Protein: 1.4 grams
  • Carbs: 24.7 grams
  • Fat: 0.6 grams
  • Fibre: 2.6 grams
  • Sugar: 22.5 grams
  • Vitamin C: 67% of the daily intake
  • Copper: 20% of the daily intake
  • Folate: 18% of the daily intake
  • Vitamin B6: 12% of the daily intake
  • Vitamin A: 10% of the daily intake
  • Vitamin E: 10% of the daily intake
  • Vitamin K: 6% of the daily intake
  • Niacin: 7% of the daily intake
  • Potassium: 6% of the daily intake
  • Riboflavin: 5% of the daily intake
  • Magnesium: 4% of the daily intake
  • Thiamine: 4% of the daily intake

The most popular types of mangoes

Like human beings or any other species, mangoes too exist in different varieties and types. Let’s take a deep dive into the some of these different types of mangoes:

Alphonso/ Hapus

Taste: Sweet rich flavour and creamy texture

Colour: Bright golden yellow with a tinge of red

Availability: May to June

Shape: Oval-shaped


Taste: Sweet

Colour: Pale yellow skin with orangish-yellow flesh

Availability: April to July

Shape: Round in shape with a tiny beak

Himayat/Immam Pasand

Taste: Slightly sour

Colour: Bright yellow

Availability: April to June

Shape: Oval-shaped


Taste: Extremely sweet

Colour: Predominantly red with yellow

Availability: Early March to June end

Shape: Round

Other notable varieties of Mangoes


Taste: Sweet but not as much as Alphonso

Colour: Dull yellow with a light, green tinge; saffron coloured pulp.

Availability: June to July

Shape: Roundish with a curved tip


Taste: Sweet

Colour: Green

Availability: Mid-july to August

Shape: Oval shape


Taste: Extremely sweet

Colour: Bright Yellow

Availability: July to August

Shape: Egg-like shape


Taste: Sweet and slightly sour

Colour: Saffron yellow with a red tinge

Availability: May to July

Shape: Oblique


Taste: Blandish sweet

Colour: Golden Yellow

Availability: June to July

Shape: Longer oval with a sharp curved point


Taste: extremely sweet

Colour: Green skin and bright yellow pulp

Availability: May to June

Shape: Egg-like shape

Where are the best mangoes available in Chennai?

Well, although we don’t like to brag, we have to say we at Madras Mandi can assure you that we only provide the best quality and variety of mangoes to satisfy all your mango needs. Not just mangoes, we provide you with over 200+ vegetables and fruits delivered to your doorstep for your daily needs, whether you’re a home cook, a chef or a restaurant owner! With real-time tracking of your delivery, you can rest easy and keep an eye on where your produce is and how quickly it gets delivered all through your smartphone.

How do I buy mangoes from Madras Mandi?

Madras Mandi’s variety of succulent and sweet mangoes are available on our website as well as our app. All you have to do is Register or Login and scroll through either our app or website and we’ll make sure we deliver them right to your door-step.

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