First grown around 4000 years ago in Tamil Nadu, India, the mango slowly spread through south-east Asia, Australia, East Africa, and South and Central America. A cornerstone of Thai culture, mangoes are used for medicinal purposes to reduce fevers, stomach aches, and clean wounds along with being a very tasty snack.
Mangoes and Spring
Types of Mangoes
Thai mangoes may not be exactly what you expect to see in the supermarket here in the United States. They come in a variety of shapes, sizes, colors, flavors, and fragrances. Nam Dok Mai mangoes are known for their light yellow peels and their thick, golden-yellow flesh; emitting a sweet fragrance that’s as recognizable as their huge size and strange, long Sharpe with a sharp end. This is the most popular variety in the country!
The Ok Rhong Damnoen variety of mango is famously used in the local favorite mango with sticky rice dishes. These mangoes have a rich orange tint to their flesh and are extremely sweet and flavorful.