Mangos originated in Southeast Asia and India, where references to the fruit
are documented in Hindu writings dating back to 4000 B.C. Buddhist monks
cultivated the fruit and in fact, the mango is considered to be a sacred fruit in
the region because it is said that Buddha himself meditated under a mango
tree. The mango belongs to the same family as the cashew and the pistachio
Mango seeds traveled with humans from Asia to the Middle East, East Africa
and South America beginning around 300 or 400 A.D. Mango trees need a
tropical climate to thrive, and today a majority of the mangos sold in the U.S.
are grown near the equator in countries like Mexico, Ecuador, Peru, Brazil,
Guatemala and Haiti.