A mango is an edible stone fruit produced by the tropical tree Mangifera indica which is believed to have originated from the region between northwestern Myanmar, Bangladesh, and northeastern India. M. indica has been cultivated in South and Southeast Asia since ancient times resulting in two distinct types of modern mango cultivars: the "Indian type" and the "Southeast Asian type". Other species in the genus Mangifera also produce edible fruits that are also called "mangoes", the majority of which are found in the Malesian ecoregion.
Worldwide, there are several hundred cultivars of mango. Depending on the cultivar, mango fruit varies in size, shape, sweetness, skin color, and flesh color which may be pale yellow, gold, green, or orange. Mango is the national fruit of India, Pakistan and the Philippines. And it is the national tree of Bangladesh.
From Portuguese manga, from Malay mangga, from Malayalam മാങ്ങ (māṅṅa) from മാവ് (māvŭ, “mango species”) + കായ (kāya, “unripe fruit”).
- (UK) IPA(key): /ˈmæŋɡəʊ/
- (US) IPA(key): /ˈmæŋɡoʊ/