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Mango ( Tharyet)

  Myanmar people regard mangos as the most delicious fruits and according to folklore monkeys knew the worth of the mango and kept it hidden from men. But one day a mango fell into a river from a tree and floated away unnoticed by the monkeys. A hunter salvaged the mango from the river, tasted it and immediately ran back to his village shouting that he had found the fruit the angels eat. An expedition was organised to search for the miracle tree. In the ensuing commotion the monkeys suffered heavy casualties while attempting to defend the mango, and their loss is mankind's gain.

The Mango is a fleshy fruit, variable in size, shape and colour. The flesh is yellow to orange, the taste juicy and sweet to turpentine. It has a large flat seed. It can be eaten unripened or ripe, or processed into pickles, chutneys, dried slices, juice, or canned in syrup. Around 190 varieties are cultivated in most regions of Myanmar . The popular varieties are Mandalay-yin-kwe, Saing, Tha-nat-phet, Bingala, Ma-chit-su, and Seinsar. The Mya-kyauk, Sein-ta-lone, Pyar-yay-khan, Than-khun-char varieties all have export potential.

Mangoes are a rich source of vitamin A, which is particularly important for young children, where vitamin A deficiency can contribute to serious nutritional disorder.