In case the botanist in you needs to know…
- Family: Anacardiaceae flowing plants bearing fruits that are drupes and some being highly poisonous. Examples: cashew, poison ivy, poison oak, poison sumac, pistachio, smoke tree (native to southeastern USA), and marula (native to Africa). And btw, need a primer on pronouncing Anacardiaceae? Go to:http://www.howjsay.com/index.php?word=anacardiaceae
- Binomial Name: Mangifera indica
There. Now you know!
Here’s a fun word: Drupe. Yep, drupe. Say it and let your fish lips go wild! Drupe. Drupe. And…another Drupe. See, I told you it was a fun word. (Fruit geeks rejoice ’cause you already knew about “drupe” and have been saying it for years.) But did you know mangoes are drupes? (probably)
“Drupe” in a nutshell: (pun intended) A fruit whose outer fleshy part surrounds a shell (the pit) with a seed inside. Easy.
Along with the almighty mango, drupes include coffee, olive, various palms, pistachio, almond, apricot, cherry, nectarine, peach, and plum. Apparently, I’ve eaten a lot of drupes in my lifetime.
Now you know. Done!