1. According to scientists, mango first appeared about 20 million years ago in Northeast India, Myanmar and Bangladesh, from where it traveled down to southern India.
2. The earliest name given to the mango was Amra-Phal. It is also referred to in the early Vedic literature as Rasala and Sahakara. The Portuguese were fascinated by the fruit on their arrival in Kerala and introduced it to the world as Mango.
3. In Buddhism, mangoes came to represent faith and prosperity among the religion’s followers.
4. In the Maurya dynasty, mango trees were planted alongside roadsides and highways as a symbol of prosperity.
5. Alauddin Khilji was the first patron of the mango and his feast in Sivama Fort was a real mango extravaganza with nothing but mangoes in different forms on the lavish menu.
6. Akbar built the sprawling Lakhi Bagh near Darbhanga, growing over a hundred thousand mango trees during his reign.
7. Shah Jahan’s fondness for mangoes was so much that he had his own son, Aurangzeb, punished and placed under house arrest because the latter kept all the mangoes in the palace for himself.
8. The Mughal khansamahs in the court of Jahangir and Shah Jahan were especially lauded when they created mango desserts like Aam Panna, Aam ka Lauz and Aam Ka Meetha Pulao.
9. Nur Jahan, the beloved wife of Jahangir, used a mix of mangoes and roses to create her legendary wines.
10. Rabindranath Tagore was a mango aficionado and has written several poems about the fragrant flowers of mangoes, including the very famous aamer monjori.
Can you believe mango has such a rich history, next time we eat one, we will definitely be enjoying the taste of mango even more with its interesting history.