The pattern paisely, which we frequently see on textiles, is inspired by the shape of a particular variety of mango.
The mango is the National Fruit of India and the country has been growing mangoes for about 5000 years now.
Here are some popular varieties of mangoes from various Indian states.
Did you know, India produces half of the world’s mangoes?
Buddhist monks from India took the mango to South East Asia and the Portuguese took it to Europe. Later the British also became very fond of mangoes.
Mangoes can be eaten raw once they have fully ripened. They can be used to make desserts like kulfi and cheesecake. You can also enjoy a mango milkshake or mango pulp (known as aam ras in Hindi).
The Mango is also the national fruit of Pakistan. And the Mango Tree is the National Tree of Bangladesh. Raw mangoes are used to make pickles.
Do you know what the phrase 'being in a pickle' means? It means being in a difficult situation or to have a problem that has no immediate answer.
Mangoes are classified as stone fruits, along with cherries, peaches, nectarines etc, since they have a large pit inside them that contains a seed.