National Fruit of India – Mango National Fruit of India – Mango – Designated as the King of all fruits by Indians since long, ripe fleshy mangoes are certainly very tasty. The raw ones can be used to make spicy pickles that are an important part of Indian cuisine. Belonging to the Mangifera indica species, mangoes are native to India and are the most cultivated fruits of the tropical world. A rich source of Vitamins A, C and D, India hosts over 100 varieties of juicy mangoes that can be of green, orange, yellow and shades of red. They can be of many sizes and shapes. Historians have mentioned the deliciousness of this savory fruit in the ancient times. The famous Indian poet Kalidasa has penned praises on mangoes while historians mention that the great Alexander and the famous Chinese traveler had tasted its divine flavor.
The great Moghul emperor Akabar has been known to plant as many as 100,000 mango trees in Lakhi Bagh in Darbhanga, Bihar. Now, the National Fruit of India, International Mango Festival is now conducted in Delhi every year that displays the wide range of traditionally favorite Indian varieties along with the latest discoveries of mango varieties that are tasty, healthy and quick to bear fruits. It allows the visitors to taste the different flavors of the mangoes, buy a tree for your fruit garden and impart knowledge about cultivating mangoes. This summer fruit may or may not have one big large seed that is not edible but are usable in making different medicines.