Mango ‘s buds and flowers ….Phát hoa của cây Xoài …
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Vietnamese named : Xoài .
Common names : Mango
Scientist name : Mangifera indica L.
Family : Annacardiaceae . Họ Đào Lộn Hột
Xoài – Mangifera indica L., thuộc họ Ðào lộn hột – Anacardiaceae.
Mô tả: Cây gỗ lớn, cao 10-20m, có tán rậm. Lá đơn, nguyên, mọc so le, phiến lá hình thuôn mũi mác, nhẵn, thơm. Hoa họp thành chùm kép ở ngọn cành. Hoa nhỏ, màu vàng, có 5 lá đài nhỏ, có lông ở mặt ngoài, 5 cánh hoa có tuyến mật, 5 nhị nhưng chỉ có 1-2 nhị sinh sản. Bầu trên, thường chỉ có một lá noãn chứa 1 noãn. Quả hạch chín màu vàng, thịt vàng, ngọt, thơm, nhân có xơ. Hạt rất to.
Bộ phận dùng: Quả, hạch của quả, lá, vỏ thân – Fructus, Nux, Folium et Cortex Mangiferae Indicae.
Nơi sống và thu hái: Gốc ở Ấn Độ, được trồng nhiều ở các xứ nhiệt đới. Ở nước ta, Xoài được trồng ở nhiều nơi. Có nhiều thứ khác nhau như Xoài tượng, Xoài cát, Xoài cơm, Xoài thanh ca, v.v.. có thể thu hái các bộ phận của cây quanh năm, dùng tươi hay phơi khô.
Thành phần hóa học: Quả chứa nhiều caroten và vitamin B1, B2 và C. Hạch quả chứa nhiều tinh bột, dầu và tanin. Lá chứa tanin và một hợp nhất flavonoid là mangiferin. Vỏ thân chứa 3% tanin và mangiferin.
Tính vị, tác dụng: Quả, vỏ, lá có vị chua, ngọt, tính mát; hạch quả có vị chua, chát, tính bình. Quả có tác dụng thanh nhiệt tiêu trệ, ích vị, chỉ thổ, giải khát, lợi niệu. Hạt quả có tác dụng chỉ khái, kiện vị. Lá có tác dụng chỉ dương, hành khí sơ trệ, khu sa tích, lợi tiểu và có thể kháng nham. Vỏ thân có tác dụng thu liễm, sát trùng. Nhựa từ vỏ cây rỉ ra không mùi, có ví chát, đắng, hơi cay cũng có tác dụng như vỏ.
Công dụng, chỉ định và phối hợp: Quả Xoài và hạch quả dùng trị ho, tiêu hóa không bình thường, sán khí. Thịt quả dùng trị bệnh hoại huyết và loạn óc. Hạch quả còn dùng trị giun, kiết lỵ và ỉa chảy. Vỏ quả dùng trị kiết lỵ.
Lá dùng trị các bệnh phần trên đường hô hấp như ho, viêm phế quản mạn tính hay cấp tính, thủy thũng và dùng ngoài trị viêm da, ngứa ngáy ngoài da.
Vỏ thân thường được dùng trị ho, đau sưng họng và đau răng. Nhựa từ vỏ dùng trị kiết lỵ, ỉa chảy và bệnh ngoài da, cũng dùng trị bạch đới, kinh nguyệt quá nhiều.
Cách dùng: Ta thường trồng Xoài để lấy quả ăn. Vỏ thân dùng chữa đau răng. Lấy 1 miếng vỏ bằng bàn tay, cạo vỏ ngoài rồi thái mỏng. Nếu dùng vỏ tươi thì giã nhỏ, vắt lấy nước, thêm tí muối để ngậm rồi nhổ nước, mỗi ngày 4-5 lần. Nếu dùng vỏ khô thì sắc lấy nước: đổ 2 bát nước đun sôi, giữ nước sôi kỹ trong nửa giờ, gạn lấy nước sắc, thêm vài hạt muối rồi ngậm. Mỗi lần ngậm chừng một chén con. Ngậm trong 10 phút, thỉnh thoảng súc sang hai bên má rồi nhổ đi. Ngậm 3-4 lần trong ngày, liên tiếp vài ba ngày.
Nhựa cây tươi đem ngâm trong nước Chanh dùng trị các thứ ghẻ lở. Hạt phơi khô, tán bột, dùng mỗi lần 1,5g trị giun hoặc uống trị kiết lỵ, ỉa chảy. Lá thường dùng nấu nước xông trị các bệnh trong họng.
The mango is a fleshy stone fruit belonging to the genus Mangifera, consisting of numerous tropical fruiting trees in the flowering plant family Anacardiaceae. While other Mangifera species (e.g. horse mango, M. foetida) are also grown on a more localized basis, Mangifera indica – the common mango or Indian mango – is the only mango tree commonly cultivated in many tropical and subtropical regions, and its fruit is distributed essentially worldwide.
In several cultures, its fruit and leaves are ritually used as floral decorations at weddings, public celebrations and religious ceremonies.
Mangos were first cultivated in Southeast Asia
The word mango comes from the Portuguese manga, which is probably derived from the Malayalam മാങ്ങ (māṅṅa; pronounced "manga"). The word’s first recorded attestation in a European language was a text by Ludovico di Varthema in Italian in 1510, as Manga; the first recorded occurrences in languages such as French and post-classical Latin appear to be translations from this Italian text. The origin of the -o ending in English is unclear.
When mangoes were first imported to the American colonies in the 17th century, they had to be pickled due to lack of refrigeration. Other fruits were also pickled and came to be called "mangoes" (especially bell peppers), and by the 18th century, the word "mango" became a verb meaning "to pickle"
Mango trees (Mangifera indica L.) grow up to 35–40 m (115–130 ft) tall, with a crown radius of 10 m (33 ft). The mango tree is long-lived, as some specimens still fruit after 300 years. In deep soil, the taproot descends to a depth of 6 m (20 ft) with profuse, wide-spreading feeder roots; the tree also sends down many anchor roots, which penetrate several feet of soil. The leaves are evergreen, alternate, simple, 15–35 cm (5.9–14 in) long and 6–16 cm (2.4–6.3 in) broad; when the leaves are young they are orange-pink, rapidly changing to a dark glossy red, then dark green as they mature. The flowers are produced in terminal panicles 10–40 cm (3.9–16 in) long; each flower is small and white with five petals 5–10 mm (0.20–0.39 in) long, with a mild sweet odor suggestive of lily of the valley. The fruit takes three to six months to ripen.
The seed of mango can be hairy or fibrous
The "hedgehog" style is a common way of eating mangoes (left). A cross section of a mango can be seen on the right, not quite fully halving the fruit as the stone is not visible
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 fruit gives off a distinctive resinous, sweet smell. Inside the pit 1–2 mm (0.039–0.079 in) thick is a thin lining covering a single seed, 4–7 mm (0.16–0.28 in) long. The seed contains the plant embryo.
Mango orchard in Multan, Pakistan
Unripe mangoes on a mango tree
Mangoes have been cultivated in South Asia for thousands of years and reached East Asia between the 5th and 4th centuries BC. By the 10th century AD, cultivation had begun in East Africa. The 14th century Moroccan traveler, Ibn Battuta, reported it at Mogadishu. Cultivation came later to Brazil, the West Indies and Mexico, where an appropriate climate allows its growth.
Mango is now cultivated in most frost-free tropical and warmer subtropical climates; More than a third of the world’s mangoes are cultivated in India alone second being China.
Mango is also being grown in Andalusia, Spain (mainly in Málaga province), which is one of the few places in mainland Europe that allows growth of tropical plants and fruit trees. Many of the 1,000+ mango cultivars are easily cultivated using grafted saplings, ranging from the "turpentine mango" (named for its strong taste of turpentine) to the huevos de toro.
Other cultivators include North, South and Central America, the Caribbean, south, west and central Africa, Australia, China, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Southeast Asia.
Though India is the largest producer of mangoes (Pakistan being the largest exporter), it accounts for less than one percent of the international mango trade, consuming most of its own output.
Dwarf or semi-dwarf varieties serve as ornamental plants and can be grown in containers.
A wide variety of diseases can afflict mangoes; see List of mango diseases.
Potential for contact dermatitis
Mango peel and sap contains urushiol, the chemical in poison ivy and poison sumac that can cause urushiol-induced contact dermatitis in susceptible people. Cross-reactions between mango contact allergens and urushiol have been observed. Those with a history of poison ivy or poison oak contact dermatitis may be most at risk for such an allergic reaction. Urushiol is also present in mango leaves and stems. During mango’s primary ripening season, it is the most common source of plant dermatitis in Hawaii.
An unripe mango of Ratnagiri (India)
The mango is generally sweet, although the taste and texture of the flesh varies across cultivars, some having a soft, pulpy texture similar to an overripe plum, while the flesh of others is firmer, like a cantaloupe or avocado, or may have a fibrous texture. For consumption of unripe, pickled or cooked fruit, the mango skin may be consumed comfortably, but has potential to cause contact dermatitis (above) of the lips, gingiva or tongue in susceptible people. In ripe fruits which are commonly eaten fresh, the skin may be thicker and bitter tasting, so is typically not eaten.
Commercially packaged mango powder sold in clear plastic wrapping
Mangoes are widely used in cuisine. Sour, unripe mangoes are used in chutneys, athanu, pickles, or side dishes, or may be eaten raw with salt, chili, or soy sauce. A cooling summer drink called panna or panha comes from mangoes.
Ripe mangoes are typically eaten fresh; however, they can have many other culinary uses. Mango Lassi, a popular drink made throughout South Asia, is created by mixing ripe mangoes or mango pulp with yogurt and sugar. Ripe mangoes are also used to make curries. Aamras is a popular pulp/thick juice made of mangoes with sugar or milk, and is consumed with bread, rice or pooris. The pulp from ripe mangoes is also used to make jam called ‘mangada’.
Mangoes are used in preserves like moramba, amchur (dried and powdered unripe mango) and pickles, including a spicy mustard-oil pickle. Ripe mangoes are often cut into thin layers, desiccated, folded, and then cut. These bars are similar to dried guava fruit bars available in some countries. The fruit is also added to cereal products like muesli and oat granola.
Native green mangoes from the Philippines
A basket of ripe mangoes from Bangladesh
Unripe mango may be eaten with bagoong (especially in the Philippines), fish sauce or with dash of salt. Dried strips of sweet, ripe mango (sometimes combined with seedless tamarind to form mangorind) are also popular. Mangoes may be used to make juices, mango nectar, and as a flavoring and major ingredient in ice cream and sorbetes.
Mango is used to make juices, smoothies, ice cream, fruit bars, raspados, aguas frescas, pies and sweet chili sauce, or mixed with chamoy, a sweet and spicy chili paste. It is popular on a stick dipped in hot chili powder and salt or also as a main ingredient in fresh fruit combinations. In Central America, mango is either eaten green mixed with salt, vinegar, black pepper and hot sauce, or ripe in various forms. Toasted and ground pumpkin seed (called pepita) with lime and salt are the norm when eating green mangoes. Some people also add soy sauce or chili sauce.
Pieces of mango can be mashed and used as a topping on ice cream or blended with milk and ice as milkshakes. Sweet glutinous rice is flavored with coconut, then served with sliced mango as a dessert. In other parts of Southeast Asia, mangoes are pickled with fish sauce and rice vinegar. Green mangoes can be used in mango salad with fish sauce and dried shrimp. Mango with condensed milk may be used as a topping for shaved ice.
Nutrients and phytochemicals
Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)
Energy272 kJ (65 kcal)
- Sugars14.8 g
- Dietary fiber1.8 g
Vitamin A equiv.38 μg (4%)
- beta-carotene445 μg (4%)
Thiamine (Vit. B1)0.058 mg (4%)
Riboflavin (Vit. B2)0.057 mg (4%)
Niacin (Vit. B3)0.584 mg (4%)
Pantothenic acid (B5)0.160 mg (3%)
Vitamin B60.134 mg (10%)
Folate (Vit. B9)14 μg (4%)
Vitamin C27.7 mg (46%)
Calcium10 mg (1%)
Iron0.13 mg (1%)
Magnesium9 mg (2%)
Phosphorus11 mg (2%)
Potassium156 mg (3%)
Zinc0.04 mg (0%)
Percentages are relative to US recommendations for adults.
Source: USDA Nutrient database
Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz) is 272 kJ (65 kcal) and that of the apple mango is slightly higher (79 kcal per 100g). Mango is rich in a variety of phytochemicals and nutrients. The fruit pulp is high in prebiotic dietary fiber, vitamin C, diverse polyphenols and provitamin A carotenoids.
Mango contains essential vitamins and dietary minerals. The antioxidant vitamins A, C and E compose 25%, 76% and 9% of the Dietary Reference Intake (DRI) in a 165-gram (5.8-oz) serving. Vitamin B6 (pyridoxine, 11% DRI), vitamin K (9% DRI), other B vitamins and essential nutrients, such as potassium, copper and 17 amino acids are at good levels. Mango peel and pulp contain other phytonutrients, such as the pigment antioxidants – carotenoids and polyphenols – and omega-3 and -6 polyunsaturated fatty acids.
Mango peel contains pigments that may have antioxidant properties, including carotenoids, such as the provitamin A compound, beta-carotene, lutein and alpha-carotene, polyphenols such as quercetin, kaempferol, gallic acid, caffeic acid, catechins, tannins, and the unique mango xanthonoid, mangiferin, any of which may counteract free radicals in various disease processes as revealed in preliminary research. Phytochemical and nutrient content appears to vary across mango species. Up to 25 different carotenoids have been isolated from mango pulp, the densest of which was beta-carotene, which accounts for the yellow-orange pigmentation of most mango species. Peel and leaves also have significant polyphenol content, including xanthonoids, mangiferin and gallic acid.
The mango triterpene, lupeol, is an effective inhibitor in laboratory models of prostate and skin cancers. An extract of mango branch bark called Vimang, isolated by Cuban scientists, contains numerous polyphenols with antioxidant properties in vitro and on blood parameters of elderly humans.
The pigment euxanthin, known as Indian yellow, is often thought to be produced from the urine of cattle fed mango leaves; the practice is described as having been outlawed in 1908 due to malnutrition of the cows and possible urushiol poisoning. This supposed origin of euxanthin appears to rely on a single, anecdotal source, and Indian legal records do not outlaw such a practice.
Mango roundabout, Rajshahi, Bangladesh
The mango is the national fruit of India, Pakistan, and the Philippines. The mango tree is the national tree of Bangladesh.
In Hinduism, the perfectly ripe mango is often held by Lord Ganesha as a symbol of attainment, regarding the devotees potential perfection. Mango blossoms are also used in the worship of the goddess Saraswati.
Mango leaves are used to decorate archways and doors in Indian houses and during weddings and celebrations like Ganesh Chaturthi. Mango motifs and paisleys are widely used in different Indian embroidery styles, and are found in Kashmiri shawls, Kanchipuram silk sarees, etc. Paisleys are also common to Iranian art, because of its pre-Islamic Zoroastrian past.
In Tamilnadu, Mango is considered, along with Banana and jack fruit, as the Three royal fruits (Mukkani)
Famous Urdu poet Mirza Asadullah Khan Ghalib was very fond of mangoes. There are many anecdotes concerning his love for mangoes.
In Australia, where mangoes are considered to be a symbol of summer, the first tray of mangoes of the season is traditionally sold at an auction for charity
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