Amazing Kids! Magazine

A Delicious Mango

by Queen, age 10, Pakistan

Mango, a favourite fruit, is grown all over Pakistan. There are many groups of mango like the Chaunsa, AnwarRatol etc. Mango trees grow 35–40 m (115–130 ft) tall, with a crown radius of 10 m (33 ft). The mango tree is long-lived; some specimens still fruit after 300 years.  The leaves are evergreen, alternate, simple, 15–35 cm (5.9–14 in) long and 6–16 cm (2.4–6.3 in) broad; when the leaves are young they are orange-pink, rapidly changing to a dark glossy red, then dark green as they mature. The flowers are produced in terminal panicles 10–40 cm (3.9–16 in) long; each flower is small and white with five petals. The mango has Vitamins A, B, C and E. Mangoes also contain B-complex (anti-stress) vitamins, magnesium, potassium, phosphorus, selenium, folic acid (folate), and zinc. Mangoes are very low in saturated fat, cholesterol and sodium. Plus are good sources of dietary fiber. They also contain about 2% of your daily recommended amount of  protein and amino acids. Mangoes are good for our health.