The mango , called the king of fruits , has been cultivated in India from as early as the 6th century B.C. Mangoes were introduced to the south-east Asian lands by Indians about the 5th century A.D. The credit for introducing the mango to the western world goes to the Portuguese and the British.
                The mango fruit and leaf have an important place in Indian culture. Pottery unearthed at the Indus Valley site was decorated with mango fruit and leaf motifs. The Ashokan Stupa (250 B.C.) at Sanchi has patterns of mango leaves and fruit in its rock panels. The mango motif is found in Rajasthani , Deccani and Mughal paintings.
               Even today , on festive occasions , Hindu homes are decorated with a string of mango leaves. In Hindu rituals the 'Kalash' (sacred water pot) is always decorated with a coconut and mango leaves. Mango wood is also used for 'hawans' (holy fire) during religious ceremonies.

The Alphonso Mango


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