Mango, “King of Fruit” Popcorn Tale
Highly revered in South Asia for thousands of years, the sweet, juicy mango is known to many as the “King of Fruit.” The classical Sanskrit poet Kãlidãsa sang its praises. It is even said that Buddha himself meditated under a mango tree. And, in Hinduism, ripe mango often symbolizes spiritual attainment, regarding the devotees’ potential perfection.
Here in South Florida, the mango rules in our warm, subtropical climate. In fact, the current world market is dominated by the mango cultivar ‘Tommy Atkins’ a seedling of the ‘Haden’ that first fruited in 1940 in southern Florida.