Mango, the summer fruit, is a very popular fruit grown mostly in South Asia. The most mangoes are cultivated in India, thus being called India's national fruit. Mangoes were first grown in India 5,000 years ago. Mango seeds traveled with humans from Asia to the Middle East, East Africa and South America beginning around 300 or 400 A.D. The paisley pattern, developed in India, is based on the shape of a mango. A basket of mangos is considered a gesture of friendship in India. Legend says that Buddha meditated under the cool shade of a mango tree. A mango tree can grow as tall as 100 feet. The best mangoes are considered to be the Alfanzo.
In many Latin American countries, mango on a stick with the skin peeled back is sold by street vendors. Mangos can be enjoyed with salt, lime juice or chili powder for a unique flavor experience.