India’s national fruit is the sweet, ripe, nutritious mango. This fruit is so good for you, containing Omega fatty acids and lots of Vitamins A, C and D. No wonder it has been chosen to be honored in this way.
Mangoes are edible tropical fruits with stones in the center and a skin that is peeled away to reveal the flesh beneath. It belongs to the genus mangifera (this genus contains many flowering plants).
Why has the mango been chosen as India’s national fruit? Mangoes are ubiquitous in India: over 100 varieties of the fruit grow in this country. It has been cultivated in India for as long as records have existed. Moreover, mangoes have been celebrated by famous Indian writers such as Kalidasa, a poet.
Mangoes are widely used in chutneys, pickles and desserts in Indian cuisine, as well as being eaten raw.