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Origin of the mango

Mangos originate in Southeast Asia, specifically Northern Burma and Northeast India where they have been cultivated for over 6,000 years although nowadays we find mangos being cultivated in many tropical and subtropical regions around the world.

Sacred Scriptures in Sanskrit, legends and Hindu folklore from 2000 BC make reference to the mango as having ancient origins and always being an object of great veneration in India. It is in this area that mango trees are thought to have sacred and magical properties and their branches were used for various rituals.

Mangos have been exported throughout Southeast Asia and the Malay Archipelago since ancient times. According to Chinese literature of the 7th century, mangos were a well known fruit crop in the warmer parts of China and Indochina.

Spanish travelers took the fruit from India to Manila in Luzon towards the end of the 14th century and the beginning of the 15th century while Portuguese navigators travelled to South Africa with the fruit in the 16th century and from there, to Brazil. The first European reference to mangos was made by a friar named Jordano en 1328.

The Spanish introduced mango cultivation within their tropical colonies of South America in the 16th and 17th centuries with mangos being cultivated from Mexico to Hawaii (1809) and other areas such as California (1880) and Florida (1861).

What are our Spanish Mangos like?

Our Spanish mangos are generally reddish, green and yellow in colour, with a penetrating aroma. Their insides are juicy, vibrant orange in colour and free of fibres and stringy texture. They have a sweet taste, unique and exquisite.

Oval shaped, they boast a thick and resistant skin. The stone is medium sized and represents approximately 6-8% of the total weight of the fruit depending on the variety. In our region of La Axarquía on the subtropical coast of the South of Spain, the following varieties of mango are grown: Osteen, Kent, Tommy Atkins, Keitt and Red Palme.

The characteristics of mangos are best appreciated when they are mature and in their prime, when the skin gives way to light pressure. The inside of the mango is delightfully refreshing and has a unique taste with tropical tones. They are ideal for eating alone (and even better after being briefly chilled in the refrigerator) and great for a long list of recipes.

What recipes can I add mango to?

Mangos can be eaten directly alone or with a few drops of lime juice to help bring out their flavour. In order to enjoy their maximum flavour, it is recommended that you chill them for a few minutes in the refrigerator before serving.

Mangos can be eaten directly alone or with a few drops of lime juice to help bring out their flavour. In order to enjoy their maximum flavour, it is recommended that you chill them for a few minutes in the refrigerator before serving. That being said, there are also many recipes, both sweet and savory, that mangos can be used in. Mangos are an amazing complement in salads or for garnishing meat or fish dishes.

Try adding some diced mango to a green salad with cherry tomatoes, cheese and some nuts? truly delicious. For more elaborate dishes, mango goes exquisitely with exotic foods such as curry, and it is ideal for meat and fish dishes, providing a marvelous splash of tropical taste.

This fantastic fruit can also be used to prepare homemade ice cream (consult our index of recipes) or jam with which you will be able to delight family and friends. With such juicy and refreshing pulp, mangos are perfect for many different desserts such as fruit salads, fruit skewers, mango mousse, milkshakes and smoothies, cocktails or purees for babies who are beginning to eat fruit.

Consult our webpage to find more appetizing and delicious recipes. It´s easy give our recipes a try using our mangos and give us your feedback. We can guarantee they will be a success.

Who cultivates our mangos?

Our Spanish mangos are cultivated in the south of Spain on the subtropical coast in the region of La Axarquía (in Málaga). The cultivation is carried out by locals of the area, many of whom have years of experience and who dedicate the utmost care to ensuring that our mangos ripen perfectly on the tree and arrive to your home in perfect condition, thus allowing you to discover and enjoy all of the taste and aroma of our 100% European mangos offer, cultivated just a few kilometers from the city of Vélez-Málaga in southern Spain. As they are cultivated naturally and after the flowering and growing of the fruit, they are hand picked manually, one by one so that they arrive at your home perfectly ripened and bursting with flavour.

Mangos are the fruit of the mango tree whose scientific name is ?Mangifera Indica?. It is an evergreen tree and can grow up to 20 m in height. They generally tend to flower from the beginning to mid spring. Their flowers are very small with a whitish, yellow and green colour and grow in clusters on the branches. The mangos start to grow 3-5 months after flowering. Mangos are the most flavourful when they are picked from the tree when they are almost ripe and, if they are picked when green, as in the case of mangos imported from outside of Europe they need to be kept in storage (where they lose many of their properties which affects their flavor and aroma). Mangos need a mild and warm climate as mango trees cannot withstand low temperatures which destroy the flowers and the young mangos. These trees have a high resistance to heat as long as they have sufficient water and the fruit also needs sufficient heat in order to mature and ripen well.

The climate of La Axarquía is ideal for cultivating mangos as it has lightly cool winters (the temperature does not normally dip below 10ºC-12 ºC), warm springs (around 15ºC-18 ºC), hot summers (27ºC-30 ºC) and mild autumns (with temperatures around 15 ºC) with slight variations between day and night temperatures. The region of La Axarquía is known for having ¨the best climate in Europe¨ with 320 days of sun and year. The climate is mainly subtropical Mediterranean with mild winters and warm summers.

These excellent climatic conditions of the región are due to their geographical location as there are various sierras to the north (the Sierras of Alhama, Tejeda y Almijara) which protect the area from cold winds. Furthermore, the influence of the Mediterranean Sea makes the temperatures milder and constant, giving this area the best year round climate in Europe (with over 3,000 hours of sun a year).

How to know when a mango is ready to be eaten?

In order to determine whether a mango is ripe, first check by applying light pressure with your finger to see if the skin is firm yet somewhat soft to the touch. It is important that the mango has a nice aroma as well. If both characteristics are there, then it is more than likely that the mango is ripe and ready to be eaten.

The colour of the skin is quite relative as they can vary depending on the variety of the mango. It is not necessary for the mango to have perfect skin as it is quite normal for mangos to have wrinkled skin with patches while inside they perfectly good. Mangos that are still green may stay fresh in the fridge for many days although it is better to leave them at room temperature for them to ripen. Once ripe, the mango should be kept outside the refrigerator only putting them inside the fridge for a short time to chill them before consuming.

How long do mangos stay fresh for?

Fresh mangos when still green can be kept for up to 15-20 days and even longer if kept in the refrigerator, although it is best to keep them outside of the refrigerator so that they ripen.

It is recommended that mangos be stored at room temperature in order to fully enjoy their taste and beneficial properties. They normally keep for various weeks and once ripe they can keep for up to 6-7 days at room temperature without refrigeration. Once mature, if you prefer to enjoy them au natural (or with a couple of drops of lemon juice) it´s advisable to put them in the refrigerator a few minutes before consuming so that the pulp is juicy, flavourful and refreshing.

Sponsoring a tree

How do I sponsor my tree?

Would you like to be able to enjoy the fruits of your own mango tree in Spain? Is there anything better than being able to enjoy cultivating your own mango tree in a privileged environment such as that of the Spanish subtropical coast which boasts the best climate in Europe? These are not the only benefits that you will enjoy when sponsoring your tree. You will also receive periodic updates of your tree with photos (the flowering, growth, evolution and maturing of the mangos) as well as a certificate of ownership, delicious recipes, and once the mangos are ready to be picked, you will receive a shipment of the fruit that has come straight from your own tree (which will consist of two boxes of 7 kg each, 14 kg in total of mangos) at a special price.

If you have made up your mind, do not hesitate to contact us. It´s very easy to sponsor your tree; you only have to click on ¨My tree¨ and follow the steps indicated. You will be able to choose the tree that you wish according to its location (we provide a map of our orchard).

You will also be able to give the tree a name if desired, whether it be its own name or one of a friend, family member or group. You will be able to enjoy your own personalised tree, receive informative emails and photos regarding your tree´s development as well as recipes and after the mangos are picked, you can enjoy a box of one these magnificent Spanish mangos. Aromatic and full of flavor, these mangos will bring all of the light and joy from this land to your home.

Can I sponsor a tree as a gift for a friend?

Of course, one can give the gift of one of our tree to whomever you wish. When making the reservation you only have to highlight for whom you wish to sponsor the tree, providing us with their contact details (first name and surname, email and home address, etc.) so that we are able to send them the photos, regular updates about their tree and their certificate of ownership.

This makes for an unforgettable gift that keeps on giving. Even though the mangos are harvested between September and October, you will be able to enjoy in the previous month's exciting information and updates including photos of your tree (the flowering, growth, evolution and maturing of the mangos), different recipes and ideas for enjoying the fruit as well as a sponsorship certificate. If you wish to purchase the mangos that come from your tree, you may do so and enjoy the mangos that have been carefully and traditionally hand picked from the tree. Enjoy these mangos, along with their aroma and bursting flavor at their prime right in your very own home.

What will happen if my tree doesn't produce any fruit?

It is important to note that mangos are a natural product and in being so are affected by their environment. The climate of the Costa Tropical is quite mild but that has not prevented there being frosts or heavy rains that have created complications when it comes to the harvesting of the fruit, although it is quite rare with the fantastic weather conditions of the area.

However, if there were to be any bad weather that affected the cultivation of your mangos, we will extend the sponsorship contract would be extended for an extra year, without any extra added cost.

Am I able to personalise my gift?

Yes, from we offer you the possibility to personalise your gift (which can be the sponsorship of a tree or of mangos). It´s very simple: choose a greeting card (we have various models available on our website under Personalise your gift) and send us the greetings text or thank you message that you would like to include.

Price and conditions

For direct purchases of our mangos, we offer shipments of 7 kg (a standard box). The process is simple: once you have confirmed your order, we will handpick the mangos that are at the perfect point of ripeness and send them to the address that you provide, whether it be your house, office, restaurant, school or any other location that you choose.

Direct shipment of our fruit is carried out during the mango harvesting season which is approximately from the end of September to the end of October although the delivery date will depend on the specifics you provide us with in your order. You will be able to receive your mangos in approximately 72 hours, directly from our trees to your home without any middlemen involved.

For larger purchases of larger quantities, please do not hesitate to contact us for an estimate and delivery dates and we will be delighted to help you in any way we can.