Mangoes and their place on planet Earth

In case the botanist in you needs to know…

  • Kingdom: Plantae
  • Order: Sapindales
  • 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:
  • Genus: Mangifera
  • Species: M. indica
  • Binomial Name: Mangifera indica

There.  Now you know!

FOR SURE More Than You Wanted to 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!