Mango fruit inhibits special qualities and renders various benefits to our bodies, both in health and nutrition. Among these include; heat beater, remedial measures, taste, ingredient to various other yummy recipes like the pickle, mango salsa, mango desserts, mango cupcakes and much more. Speaking from a personal experience, myself i eat mangoes alot and i enjoy this extraordinary fruit. The pulp when peeled with a well sharped knife, keeps me craving in for a bite, “for it is a bite that sparks life” Almost i eat one or two mango fruits daily and won’t get enough of it. Nutritionally, it is very powerful, healthy and beneficial in many forms. Some called it the ‘King fruit’ while others give it ‘the super fruit’. I just called it the “The fruit of life”. Because mango is widely  liken and thus provides a whole of benefits to human growth and health.

A mango tree with ripe fruits  somewhere in Serekunda

The word “Mango” the fruit came after various transpositions. As it was originated in India-Buryma border where Sanskrit language was predominant at that time, it’s first name was “Aamra-Phalam.” Its transformation in Hindi language became “Aam-Phal.” Synonym of Phal in Tamil is Kaay, so Tamils called it by the name “Aam-Kaay” which gradually became “Maamkaay” due to differences in pronunciation. Malayalam people from India changed it further to “maanga.” When Portuguese people came across this fruit, they told about it to Britishers who again due to pronunciation differences changed it to Mango. And now it is called “Mango” world over”.
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In the Gambia, mango season comes twice a year; from mid February to early May. Obviously, if you live in the provincial area of the Gambia, you will enjoy an exuberant taste from mango fruits. During this time, mangoes are found in abundance in the backyards, in the gardens, at the mangoe ranges (where mango trees are grown in a large proportion) and in the markets as well. In this part of the country in Gambia, young people barely run to home for meal in a mango season, as the season begins they’re always in the mango gardens with their small knifes.

some major towns in Gambia, particularly the south side [South Gambia] mangoe season ushers from early May to June. And they’re the areas that produces the ‘big-typed’ mango fruits.

I can remember as a teenager we were once caught in a mango garden and threatened to be well punished. We were worried, scared and frightened as hell. Fortunately, we were released unharmed. It is because of these nonchalant attitudes of some young people in the provincial towns and villages; usually there is a band laid on the mangoes until they’re maturely ripe and ready for consumption; thus, to prevent stubborn children from ingenuinely destroying and dismantling the fruits prior to their ripen stage. Although, the mangoe species found in the villages are mostly the ‘small-typed’ ones, somestimes orgainsed into porridge, this is another diet which is obtained from the super fruit.

Most importantly, people are involved in selling these fruits in markets to earn a living, thus it becomes a source of employment to them. However, like banana fruits, raw mangoes can be kept in a place and chemicalise for it to ripe – usually this is done to the big-typed spicies of mangoes. It’s amazing how these fruits are displayed in the town vendors; along the high ways, the “Sandikaa” at Serekunda market etc. It attracts enzymes – just as you starred at the fruit.

because of the palatability and jucious nature of the fruit, people peculiarly discover the health benefits obtained from eating mango fruits.

Further more, these ‘big-typed’ mango fruits can be turn to juice or prepared like fruit salad – what an exuberant taste, rich in vitamin, jucious with other health benefits. Imagine a manufacturing company centralising in turning mango fruits into juice in a country like the Gambia that produces so much mangoes twice a year, the economic dividends would be tremendous. Like the Baobab, mango tree has a long life span, thus researches have shown that, some mango trees still bear fruits after 300 years.

A ripe mango fruit -ready for a bite

Few Among the many Benefits obtained from eating Mango fruits include;

It provides 100% of a daily requirement of Vitamin C. Besides Vitamin C, Mangoes are rich in Vitamin A, Vitamin B, and other antioxidants, which aid in keeping your immune system strong, fights cancerous cells, cholesterol control, and vision care”. Also, it contributes to weight loss because the fruit contains calcium and vitamin D.

In addition, Though mango peels are said to be dermatitis prone because of the latex and peep scattered on its surface, mangoes are rich in phytonutrients namely carotenoids and polyphenols. Besides this, it also helps in preventing constipation, arthritis, dysentery, piles, and indigestion. So, next time, don’t just throw away the skin of mango but clean it properly so as to remove its peep and latex and then enjoy this delicious fruit; a bite that sparks life. Like the Baobab, mango tree has a long life span. researches have shown that, some mango trees still bear fruits after 300 years old.



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