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Mangifera indica

French: mangue



From the Portuguese "manga," derived from Tamil.

The mango is a tree with dense, dark-green foliage, originating from India which is now grown in all tropical countries, mainly for its fruit.

The mango is a "drupe," since its flesh adheres to a large flat stone. The mango has a skin, which ranges from green to red in color (some varieties are yellow), which is removed since it contains irritant substances which make it inedible. Its flesh is dark yellow with a flavor reminiscent of peaches and flowers.

The stone contains an edible kernel which is used to make a very rich paste used locally to thicken sauces.

By pressing this kernel, one also obtains a plant butter, mango butter.


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