Mango - the very mention is mouth-watering. Botanically known as Mangifera Indica, the mango is rich source of A, B1, B2 and C vitamins. It is believed to have originated in India over 4,000 years ago. The fruit even finds mention in the Ramayana and the Mahabharata.
India is by far the largest producer, with an area of 16,000 km² with an annual production of 10.8 million tonnes, which accounted for 57.18% of the total world production. The state of Maharashtra in western India has the most conducive climate conditions to produce the most renowned variety of this fruit, the Hapoos mango. In southern India, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka states are major producers of mangoes and specialize in making a variety of mango pickles.