About Mango Fruit: Lesson for Kids

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  • 0:03 An Ancient Fruit?
  • 0:43 Where Do Mangoes Come From?
  • 1:28 Are Mangoes Good for You?
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Instructor: Michelle Vannoy
Mangoes are a delicious tropical fruit, but what else do you know about them? Do they grow on bushes, in trees, or on vines? Where do most of the mangoes we eat come from? Are they nutritious, or do they just taste good? This lesson has the answers!

An Ancient Fruit?

Can you imagine eating the same type of food that people ate in ancient times? If you snack on a mango, you might be doing just that since the origin of this fruit can be traced back to India 4,000-5,000 years ago.

Mango seeds were later transported to the Middle East, East Africa, and South America as their popularity in trade and consumption grew. Mangoes are still popular today. In fact, they're the national fruit of three countries: India, Pakistan, and the Philippines.

Where Do Mangoes Come From?

Mangoes grow on trees. If left without trimming, these trees can grow up to 115 feet tall and 50 feet wide. Mango trees grow best in areas that are tropical in nature. They need cool, dry winters that are frost free, and the summers need to be hot and steamy.

India grows more than half the mangoes in the world, but the majority of mangoes grown in India stay in India. More fresh mangoes are eaten around the world than any other fruit. There are more than 10 varieties of this tropical fruit. Mangoes come in many sizes and can be green, red, or orange in color.

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