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Mango a pure delight

Mangoes are a  pure delight and can be added to smoothies, fruit salads and also a famous salad of the Bahamas that is known as conch salad. Besides the delicious taste, mangoes also have many benefits. There are so many varieties of mangoes that are harvested each year but my favorite that tops them all is the mangola.

The fruit itself is very meaty with a smooth beautiful reddish, purplish and yellow skin. What so amazes me about these fruits is the amount of flesh they have. I remembered many years ago eating a very delicious mangola, and to my surprise when I got to the seed it was very tiny, this is proof of how much flesh is on these fruits. Mangoes are loved by so many people on the island, many of the natives grow these fruits on their property

although some of the fruits are imported you can find mangoes being sold in the supermarkets at the fruit markets, persons with stalls set up on the sides of the roads just waiting for customers to get a sweet taste of this delightful treat.

Mango varieties

Mango varieties includes

1.Mangollas.                 6.Alphonsos.

2.Hair mangos.             7.Dasheri.

3.Haitain Mangos.        8.Langra.

4.Francis.                        9.Neelam

5.Kent.                             10.Andhra.

These are just a few, trust there are more.

Health benefits of mangos

1.Keeps blood pressure under control.                  9.Promotes eye health.

2.Aids in the fight against cancer.                          10.Promotes healthy sex life.

3.Promotes heart health.                                          11.Helps weight loss.

4.Promotes brain health.                                          12.Lowers cholesterol.

5.Aids in digestion.                                                    13.Makes a good brain food.

6.Contains antioxidant.                                            14.Promotes immune system.

7.Promotes healthy hair.                                            15.Promotes kidney health.

8.Promotes healthy skin.                                         16.Regulates diabetes.

How to grow mango

The most common mango that is grown by the natives is a mango called the hairy mango, these mangoes are shaped some what like an egg but only bigger. The seed is first place in the sun to dry for a week or two. Or if you throw the seed out in a sunny location, after a few weeks it will begin to germinate. The seed is really easy to work with.

Mango seed should be planted in a sunny location with an organic rich soil. It is good to plant seeds just before spring so when the rain begins your seed will be in mango heaven. You can also check out this link Making organic soil.

In a week to about a week and a half, your mango seed should germinate. Keep soil moist not waterlogged and use an organic fertilizer to feed you plant. Make sure and follow instruction on the label because the label is LAW.

Tree growth

Mango trees are slow growers so much patience is needed. It takes a mango tree 1 year to reach 3-4 feet. A mango tree can reach anywhere from 30 up to 60 feet or taller with a width span of 80 feet.

Forcing mango tree to bear

One thing that I have seen over the years and that amazes me is to see young mango trees yielding a crop harvest, this method, of course, is causing a mango to produce even at a young age.

By treating the plant with an application of potassium nitrate encourages the tree to produce flowers.

Foliar feeding can help you to accomplish this. Make sure when you are applying this method the weather is cool and not hot, also it ought to be on a day when no rain is forecast. Because you don’t want fertilizers to get washed of plant leaves.

Mix together about 1 pound of potassium nitrate to 6 1/2 or 7 gallons of water, apply this mixture to a pump sprayer or if you are treating a smaller tree, halve this solution to a 4 gallon back pack sprayer.

When spraying foliage or leaves of the plant make sure to get both the top and underside, spray to the point of run off also as the solution comes out of nozzle it should be fine and misty. This will allow total coverage of entire plant.

Add a second application about 2 or 3 days later, flower budding can take up to several weeks anywhere from 2 1/2 to 3 weeks so be patience give it time. And you will see results.

Some species the mango plant may take longer. You can harvest your mango in about 4 1/2 – 6 months or somewhere in between there.

Final word

Mangoes are one of the worlds most delicious fruits, this sweet wonder is so beneficial to our bodies as our bodies receive the nutrients that it needs. So if you haven’t tried this fruit as yet I encourage too, you will be glad that you did.

Mangos are one of natures sweet wonders.

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9 comments

  1. Ilias says:

    I really like eating mangos and it would be a nice idea to grow up a mango tree if you have the time and the place to do that. Have you grown one successfully?

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    1. Norman says:

      Hello, so good to meet you and thanks a million for your advice. I will do my best to make those improvements all the best to you and have a good day.

  3. Lorrinc says:

    I love mangoes so bad to an extent of eating about 10 per day during their season but I didn’t know that eating mangoes has an endless list of benefits .Sometimes you will be wondering why you are improving in health not knowing where it is coming from.I really thank you for this article.

    1. Norman says:

      Hello Lorrinc so good to meet you and I am so glad that I could help. All the best to you and have a good day.

  4. Janine says:

    Mangos – who would have thought they were such a wonderful fruit. And that they have so many benefits two of which every girl would love, good for your skin and hair. That’s fantastic. I love those beautiful pictures. I have not eaten mangos so this is a really nice page to remember. Do you think I could grow to love mangos too?

    1. Norman says:

      Hello Jannie so good to meet you and thanks for commenting, Mangoes are simply the best and has so many great benefits. Trust me you will grow to love them, In fact, I know that you will fall in love with them from the first bite. I am so happy that I could help. Please let me know how it goes, all the best to you and have a good day.

  5. Janet says:

    Wow! What a lot of great information! I had no idea they were so healthful. One question I am left with is how to cut/eat them? When I’ve tried them they just seem like such a mess. Am I supposed to peel it first or is that part edible too?

    1. Norman says:

      Hello Janet so good to meet you, Mangoes are really great and offer so many benefits to our bodies. The skin should be peel first then with a sharp knife be very careful not to cut your hands, cut very gently into the flesh to remove it from the seed or if you prefer, peel the skin and eat flesh from the seed. Hope this helps, thanks for commenting and have a good day.

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