The mango is native to the Indian subcontinent from where it was distributed worldwide to become one of the most cultivated fruits in the tropics. In several cultures, its fruit and leaves are ritually used as floral decorations at weddings, public celebrations and religious ceremonies. Cultivation came later to Mexico, where an appropriate climate allows its growth.

The ripe fruit varies in size and color as the Ataulfo, Kent, Keit and Haden. 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.

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