The mango tree, Mangifera Indica, is native to South Asia, by Eastern India. The fruit is referenced as far back as 4,000 BC in Hindu writings. Buddhist monks even cultivated the fruit and considered it to be sacred. During the 16th century the sea faring Portuguese introduced the mango to Africa, who then took their tasty cargo to Brazil in the 1700s. It reached Mexico in the early 19th century and finally reached the United States in 1860. Today, it is the most widely consumed fruit in the world; no doubt for its sweet and creamy taste with over 20 vitamins and minerals.
Consuming fruits and vegetables of all kinds has long been associated with reduced risk for many health conditions. Mangoes in particular have been shown to help decrease risk for obesity, increase overall mortality, improve complexion and hair, increase energy, lower weight and help prevent diabetes and heart disease. The antioxidant zeathanthin in mangoes, even protect the eyes by filtering out harmful blue light rays. The combined antioxidants beta-carotene and polyphenol in mangoes, lowers the risk for developing asthma and also plays a protective role against prostate, colon, breast and lung cancer. The Vitamin K inherent in the fruit is vital to bone health, by improving calcium absorption. The fiver improves blood sugar, lipid and insulin levels. The fiber combined with the potassium also ward off heart disease and reduce hypertension risk. The Vitamin A is what helps keep the hair strong and moisturized by promoting sebum production. The Vitamin C is also great for skin and hair by handling the building and maintenance of collagen.
Our Mighty Mango Balsamic Vinegar is great by itself drizzled over salads, fresh fruit, vegetables, chicken, pork and seafood. You can also drizzle it over your morning yogurt or bagel. Our Meyer Lemon Extra Virgin Olive Oil would also be a great choice, if you want to pair it with an olive oil.