Health Benefits of Mango
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 favourite 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 mango, 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 include
1. Mangolas. 6. Alphonsos.
2. Hair mangos. 7. Dasheri.
3. Haitian 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 a 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 somewhat 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 the LAW.
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 tree 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 be 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 backpack sprayer.
When spraying foliage or leaves of the plant make sure to get both the top and underside, spray to the point of runoff also as the solution comes out of nozzle it should be fine and misty. This will allow total coverage of the 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 of mango plants may take longer. You can harvest your mango in about 4 1/2 – 6 months or somewhere in between there.
The 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 nature’s sweet wonders.