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Mango آم is the national fruit of Pakistan and very rightly so. Any summer in the Indo-Pak sub continent can never be complete without having Mango parties. The fruit is enjoyed by all regardless of the time of day. From mango juice or smoothies in the morning to Mango shakes in the afternoon and then as a dessert, this delicious fruit has everyone wrapped up in its taste. The Mango is a fleshy stone fruit belonging to the genus Mangifera, consisting of numerous tropical fruiting trees in the flowering plantfamily Anacardiaceae. The mango is native to the Indian subcontinent from where it spread all over the world. It is one of the most cultivated fruits of the tropical world.
The ripe fruit varies in size and color. Cultivars are variously yellow, orange, red or green, and carry a single flat, oblong pit that can be fibrous or hairy on the surface, and which does not separate easily from the pulp. Ripe, unpeeled mangoes give off a distinctive resinous, sweet smell. The taste of mango fruit could be described as combination of a nectarine, a pineapple and an orange. Inside the pit there is a thin lining covering a single seed. The seed contains the plant embryo.
The varietal nomenclature is so much confusing that one variety carries many names at various places and some cases on name is applied to several varieties. Here are some of the local varieties of the fruit that belong to distinct areas and have a special taste and look that separates it from the rest.
The province of Sindh in Pakistan boasts of the best quality Mangoes in the world due to its hot climate that is necessary for the fruit to grow. Sindhi Mangoes are exported through out the region and recently Pakistani Mangoes have even hit the US markets as well.