Interesting Mango Facts

Thursday, July 12, 2007

  

Media Contact:

Paula Fernández de los Muros

Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden

pfernandez@fairchildgarden.org

305-667-1651, ext. 3392

 

For Immediate Release

 

INTERESTING MANGO FACTS

 

  • The Mango originated in the forests of tropical Southeast Asia.

 

  • Mangos have been in cultivation for over 4,000 years.

 

  • Legend has it that Buddha found tranquility and repose in a mango grove.

 

  • The mango is known as the "king of fruit" throughout the world.

 

  • The Mango tree plays a sacred role in India: it‘s a symbol of love. Some believe that the Mango tree can grant wishes.

 

  • The mango is a member of the Anacardiaceae family.  Other distant relatives include the cashew, pistachio, poison ivy and poison oak.

 

  • Varieties of mango developed in Florida now dominate the export industries of the world.

 

  • Mangos are high in fiber, but low in calories (approx. 110 per average sized mango), fat (only 1 gram) and sodium.

 

About the International Mango Festival

Fairchild‘s International Mango Festival is in its 15th year and continues to be the summer‘s must-attend event.  It features the world‘s largest display of mango cultivars, over 1,200 mango trees for purchase, fun things for the kids, mango cultivar tastings, a marketplace of mango products, educational lectures, mango-inspired cuisine, entertainment and much more.  The Mango Festival is taking place Saturday and Sunday July 14 and 15 at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, 10901 Old Cutler Road, Coral Gables, FL 33156.  For more information, please call 305-667-1651 or visit www.fairchildgarden.org.

 

About Fairchild

Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden is dedicated to exploring, explaining and conserving the world of tropical plants. It is one of the premier conservation and education-based gardens in the world and a recognized international leader in both Florida and international conservation. Currently Fairchild has field programs in over 20 countries including support to protected areas in Madagascar and botanic garden development and renovation projects in South and Central America, the Caribbean and Middle East. Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden houses the National Palm Collection as recognized by the American Public Gardens Association (APGA), has the world‘s greatest living collection of palms and cycads; an education program reaching more than 26,000 school children per year; hosts popular events like the International Mango and Orchid Festivals, the Ramble, concerts, affiliated plant society shows and sales and more; and, is a not-for-profit organization relying on the support of its 36,000 members and benefactors. We host major art events such as Chihuly at Fairchild in 2005 and 2006. Fairchild is located at 10901 Old Cutler Road, Coral Gables (Miami), Florida 33156. Admission is $20 for adults, $15 for seniors, $10 for Children 6-17 and free to children 5 and under and Fairchild members. For more information, please visit www.fairchildgarden.org.

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