Monday, November 23, 2020

The Complex History of Mangoes

Are you a top mango or bottom mango buyer?

Mangoes, the best fruit in the world. I don't just say that because it's my favorite. It's literally called the King of Fruits. There are over a thousand varieties of this tropical nutrient-dense produce. Thanks to an analysis of a variety of mangoes, we now know the history of mangoes is more complex than originally believed to be. Considering the domestication of mangoes, it was suspected that genetic diversity would decrease, as it does with many other crops, and lose even more diversity as it travels to a new environment. However, this fantastic fruit went against the grain and was found to have multiple different domestications that resulted in an increase in variety. Although diversity in mangoes may not seem that important, it can help us to understand the mechanisms of mangoes so they can be improved for future consumption. Although, I don't think anything can beat the taste of the current mango.

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